TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran and Kazakhstan signed an agreement to boost cultural exchanges and help expand mutual cooperation.
The agreement was signed between Head of Islamic Culture and Relations Organization (ICRO) Abuzar Ebrahimi-Torkaman and Kazakh Culture, Tourism and Sports Minister Arystanbek Muhamediuly in Tehran on Friday.
During the signing ceremony, Ebrahimi said that Kazakhstan has the second longest border with Iran among the Central Asian states.
The official further noted that Iran was among the first countries which recognized Kazakhstan's independence since the breakup of the Soviet Union.
The two countries have excellent relations ever since, he said.
Kazakh minister, for his part, said that Iran and Kazakhstan should raise cooperation to higher levels as the two countries' presidents favor promotion of cultural collaboration.
He further noted that signing the deal will provide a good opportunity for boosting cultural and sports ties between the two countries and further interaction among their cultural activists.
In a relevant development earlier in August, Kazakhstan's Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov underlined that his country is interested in expanding mutual cooperation between Tehran and Astana.
"My country is strongly interested to boost bilateral relations with Iran," Abdrakhmanov said in a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Tehran.
The Kazakh foreign minister underlined that Astana is particularly interested to enhance relations between the two countries.
Zarif, for his part, said that Iran-Kazakhstan relations have been bolstered between the two countries after the two countries' presidents held talks.
The two sides also discussed cooperation in international bodies, fighting terrorism, promoting Astana talks, scientific and technology cooperation, fighting dust storms and transit cooperation during the meeting.