1225 GMT May 06, 2021
Talking in the meeting, Iranian Ambassador Majid Saber stressed the importance of shipping between Iran and Kazakhstan, saying that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ports and Maritime Organization, the Ministry of Roads and Urban Development and their Kazakh counterparts contributed to the launch of a new shipping line between the two countries, IRNA reported.
At the meeting, the two sides stressed the need to strengthen shipping operations between Iranian and Kazakh ports with a focus on increasing cargo shipping and reducing ship loading and unloading times.
In mid-November, Kazakhstan’s Kuryk port, on the coast of the Caspian Sea, launched new ferry lines to Iran’s Amirabad and Anzali ports, according to a statement by the Union of Kazakhstan Transport Workers (Kazlogics).
The initial freight was carried by Russian vessels that can accommodate up to 32 heavy-duty vehicles, up to 17 meters long, with the one-way cost of freight at $1,600-$1,700.
Located on the eastern coast of the Caspian Sea, Kuryk port is located at the intersection of the East-West trade corridor linking Europe and East Asia, and the North-South corridor linking Russia and India.
The ambassador of Kazakhstan in Tehran said in September that Iran is implementing extraterritorial cultivation projects in Kazakhstan, adding that rice and other crops are among the cultivated grains from Iran.
Askhat Orazbay said that Iran is a friend which is among his country’s foreign policy priorities.
Iran and Kazakhstan have no problems whatsoever with each other and are on good terms, said the ambassador.
Orazbay said both President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif had said that Kazakhstan had never betrayed Iran.
He said his country has been a friendly nation to Iran and has even hosted a meeting of nuclear negotiations of Iran.
Regarding his country’s policy not to sell land to foreigners, he said that it doesn’t mean they cannot be active there, adding that the government will develop other forms of agricultural participation in the economic cycle.