The agreement was inked in Kazakhstan’s capital Nur-Sultan on Wednesday during a visit by Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to the Central Asian country.
The document aims to expand the existing cooperation between, find new areas of cooperation, and remove the obstacle on that path, Press TV reported.
After meeting his counterpart Mukhtar Tleuberdi, Zarif highlighted the many historical and cultural commonalities linking the two nations, thanking Kazakhstan for standing by the Islamic Republic on various global fronts.
“Historical, cultural, political and economic commonalities between Iran and Kazakhstan are very important and these bonds have intertwined us,” Zarif said.
The top Iranian diplomat further thanked the government and people of Kazakhstan for their hospitality and expressed his satisfaction with his meeting.
“Excellent talks were held on important regional and international issues, and we thank Kazakhstan for its support of the Islamic Republic of Iran on international fronts,” Zarif said.
He also praised the positive role Kazakhstan has played in various Iran-related issues such as the country’s nuclear program as well as the Astana peace process on Syria — an initiative by Iran, Russia, and Turkey to mediate peace negotiations between representatives from the Damascus government and opposition groups in a series of rounds held in the Kazakh capital Astana, recently renamed as Nur-Sultan.
“We appreciate the pioneering role of the first president of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev on various issues, including in efforts to achieve a nuclear-weapon-free world, and fully support him,” Zarif added.
He said regional issues, particularly the Afghan crisis, were also discussed in the meeting, during which the two sides emphasized the need to respect the will of the Afghan people, democracy and ethnic balance in the political future of the war-torn country.
During the talks, the two sides stressed the importance of Iran’s presence in the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), and emphasis was laid on the peaceful use of the Caspian Sea, jointly by Iran and Kazakhstan.
Zarif is on an official visit to four Central Asian countries for talks on enhancing bilateral and regional cooperation.
He has already visited Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, with Turkmenistan being his next destination.