Sep 17, 2021, 12:03 PM
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Kazakhstan, Iran possess numerous capacities to expand ties: Raisi

Tehran, IRNA – Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has emphasized that both Kazakhstan and Iran have various and numerous capacities to develop economic cooperation.

During the second day of his stay in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, to take part in the 21st Summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), President Raisi held talks with his Kazakh counterpart Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on issues of mutual interests, including economic exchanges and recent developments in Afghanistan.


Raisi called for setting up a joint committee to identify and make operational the bilateral capacities within the framework of strategic relations between the two friendly countries.


The Iranian president further pointed out to the developments in Afghanistan, noting that the issue of this country can only be resolved through forming an inclusive government with the participation of all tribes and communities in order to consolidate peace and security and prevent foreign interference in Afghanistan’s internal affairs.


As to Iran nuclear talks, he underlined that Tehran does not want a negotiation for the sake of negotiation, because the Islamic Republic is willing to have talks that lead to resolving the existing difference on Iran’s nuclear program.


For his part, the Kazakh president expressed readiness to expand relations particularly economic exchanges with Iran, stating that transit routes with a focus on Chabahar Port in southeastern Iran can help develop economic relationships between Iran and Central Asian countries.


Tokayev also referred to his Iranian counterpart’s opinion on Afghanistan, stressing that Kazakhstan accepts Iran’s stance completely, calling for establishment of an inclusive government with the participation of all tribes and groups in the war-stricken country.


The 21st summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) opened in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, on Friday, with participation of heads of 12 member and observer states, including Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi.


Tajikistan’s President Emomali Rahmon along with top officials from Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Iran are present in the event, while presidents of Russia, China, India, and Mongolia take part in the summit via video conferencing. 


The SCO consists of eight permanent member states, including India, Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia and Uzbekistan. Four states of Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran and Mongolia are still observer members and six countries of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Cambodia, Nepal, Turkeyو and Sri Lanka are dialogue partners.


The Shanghai Cooperation Organization is an effective regional and intra-state organization, which was established by leaders of China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan in 2001.

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