Iran, Kazakhstan Agree on One-Year Visa
TEHRAN (FNA)- Tehran and Astana agreed to issue one-year visas for drivers of Kazakhstan's transportation companies.
The agreement was reached in a meeting between senior Iranian and Kazakh officials on the sidelines of the 8th Iran-Kazakhstan Consular Consultative Meeting.
During the meeting, the two sides also underlined enhancing consular cooperation between the two countries.
The senior Iranian and Kazak officials also exchanged views on protecting the rights and interests of the two countries' citizens.
In a relevant development on August 12, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev met in Kazakhstan and conferred on ways to increase economic cooperation, emphasizing the need for both countries to use national currencies for trade instead of dollar.
Tehran and Astana can take more effective steps on the path of development of bilateral relations by establishment of more brokering ties and using their national currencies," President Rouhani said during the meeting on the sidelines of leaders of Caspian Sea littoral states' summit in the Kazakh port city of Aqtau on Sunday.
He also underscored the necessity for strengthening banking relations between the two countries to further expand bilateral economic ties.
"The capacities of Iran and Kazakhstan in different sectors, specially in the field of transit, can be complementary to each other as Kazakhstan may be linked to the Southern waters through Iran, and Iran can be connected to China via Kazakhstan," Rouhani said.
Nazarbayev, for his part, said that trade ties between Iran and Kazakhstan have considerably increased in recent years, adding that his country is determined to further strengthen these relations.
Before that in mid-March, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Kazakh counterpart Kairat Abdrakhmanov met in Astana and underlined the need for expanding all-out cooperation, specially in economic and trade fields.
During the meeting, Zarif and Abdrakhmanov explored avenues for bolstering and reinvigorating bilateral relations, especially in the field of economy.
The two sides voiced determination to pave the way for stronger economic ties.
The foreign ministers of Iran and Kazakhstan emphasized the implementation of bilateral agreements between the two countries, particularly in the fields of energy, transit, joint ventures and trade exchanges.
Other issues discussed at the meeting were facilitating the issuance of visas for economic activists of the two countries, removing barriers to banking cooperation, and paving the way for Kazakh companies willing to invest in transportation sectors in Iran.
Foreign ministers of Iran and Kazakhstan also exchanged views on the most important regional and international issues.
source : farsnews