Iranian,Kazakh Foreign Ministers Calls for Expansion of Cooperation

March 15, 1998 - 0:0
TEHRAN The Kazakh Foreign Minister Kasymzhomart Tokayev, in a meeting with his Iranian counterpart Kamal Kharrazi here Friday evening, stressed the regional and international importance of Iran. Tokayev also stated that development of the two countries mutual cooperation is top on the agenda of Khazakhstan's foreign policy. According to IRNA, he added that his country has made extensive efforts to further expand relations with Iran. Referring to trade and economic cooperation between the two countries, Tokayev voiced Kazakhstan's readiness for cooperation with the Islamic Republic of Iran in the field of oil.

He described as bright prospect of bilateral relations and invited the Iranian foreign minister to pay an official visit to Kazakhstan. Kharrazi, for his part, called for expansion of bilateral ties, saying that relations between the two countries should be based on a consolidated basis so that they would not be undermined in the future. Underlining strategic significance of the region, he termed future of bilateral relations important.

Kharrazi stressed the need for practical steps towards oil cooperation and called for exploring new fields of cooperation in the light of potentials of the two countries. The two sides also reviewed cooperation among Caspian Sea states and urged speedy formulation of its legal regime based on the consensus of five littoral states and with an aim to exploit its resources rationally.

Kharrazi stressed that as long as the Caspian Sea legal regime has not been adopted, any unilateral exploitation of its resources will be detrimental to the interests of other neighboring states. Major regional and international developments including situation in Afghanistan and Kosovo as well as issues relating to the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) were among topics discussed by the two foreign ministers.

The two sides expressed concern over developments in the said countries and called for a peaceful solution to the crises. The issue of the three Iranian detainees in Kazakhstan was another subject raised during the meeting. The Kazakh foreign minister expressed hope that with the release of the three in the coming days misunderstandings between the two countries will be removed.

Tokayev, heading a delegation, arrived here Friday afternoon and was to leave Tehran yesterday.