Astana (IP) - Iran's ambassador to Kazakhstan said that ties between Tehran and Astana had entered a new phase, and the two countries have decided to raise their relations to a strategic partnership.

Iran PressAsia: Majid Samadzadeh Saber stated in an interview with IranPress in Astana the relations between Iran and Kazakhstan have traditionally been excellent and balanced.

According to the Iranian ambassador, four priorities in mining, agriculture, trade, transit, and transportation are on the agenda to expand cooperation between Iran and Kazakhstan.

Samadzadeh Saber stated that Iran and Kazakhstan have mines on each other's soil and cooperate in exploration, and there is excellent cooperation between on transit and transportation sectors.

The ambassador said that in the energy sector, agreements had been reached between the two countries, and an oil swap between Iran and Kazakhstan would be done.

He also added that tourism between Iran and Kazakhstan had entered a new phase with 14-day visa-free travel for Iranians by Astana.

Noting that during the visit of the President of Kazakhstan to Tehran, the contract to import one million tons of grain from Kazakhstan was signed, Samadzadeh added: The deal will surely help Iran's food security.

According to the ambassador, the two countries agreed to increase their trade to $3 billion annually, which can increase to 5 billion dollars annually.


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