NUR-SULTAN (Dispatches) -- The foreign ministers of Iran and Kazakhstan here Wednesday signed a document for cooperation as Iranian Foreign Minister Muhammad Javad Zarif continued a four-nation Central Asia tour.
The document signed by Zarif and Kazakh Foreign Minister Mukhtar Tleuberdi stressed the importance of strengthening friendly, neighborly and fraternal relations between the two countries.
The document calls for increasing cooperation on bilateral, regional and international issues, eliminating obstacles on the way of expanding relations.
The document also emphasizes sustainable consultations on political, economic, social, humanitarian, environmental, military, security and cultural matters.
After the meeting, Zarif said at a press conference that discussions were held on strengthening Iran’s participation in the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) within the framework of bilateral relations.
Zarif noted that the peaceful use of the Caspian Sea was also reiterated in the meeting.
The Iranian minister also said railways and transit routes are of great importance between Iran, Kazakhstan and other neighbors. He said Iran wants Kazakhstan to expand its use of Iranian ports for access to international waters.
Zarif highlighted the many historical and cultural commonalities linking the two nations, thanking the Central Asian state for standing by the Islamic Republic on various global fronts.
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.
In his talks with Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Zarif stressed the need to find ways for lasting cooperation with Kazakhstan.
Describing Kazakhstan as a friendly neighbor of Iran in the Caspian Sea region, Zarif highlighted the importance of closeness of the views of the two states on regional and international issues.
For his part, the Kazakh president
described Iran as a "key partner” in the region, emphasizing the necessity for the promotion of political and economic cooperation with the Islamic Republic.
The two officials also discussed the developments concerning the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, the peace process in Afghanistan, the Astana Process for Syria peace, and the Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA).
Zarif is visiting Kazakhstan in a tour of Central Asia that took him earlier to Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. He will travel next to Turkmenistan.