Moscow (IP) - Iran's First Vice President says Tehran and Astana's potential for cooperation is beyond the current level.

Iran PressEurope: Meeting with the Kazakh Prime Minister Akikhan Smailov on Thursday on the sidelines of the Caspian Sea Economic Forum, Mohammad Mokhber said that with the existing capacities, the level of trade exchanges between Tehran and Astana could quickly reach %3 billion.

Mokhber: "During the visit of the President of Kazakhstan to Iran, ten agreements were signed in the public sector and 11 others in the private sector between the two countries, which is a turning point in the relations between the two countries."

He talked about Iran's readiness to export engineering services to Kazakhstan in such areas as constructing dams, ports, and hydroelectric power plants, as well as knowledge-based services. 

The Iranian Veep also stressed the use of national currencies instead of dollars in the trade exchanges between the two countries. 

Kazakhstan's Prime Minister, for his part, stressed the shore-up of the Tehran-Astana relations in the oil swap, industry, and agriculture, as well as scientific and cultural sectors.

Alikhan Smailov said the grounds are prepared for elevating the trade between the two countries to $3 billion. 

The second edition of the Caspian Sea Economic Forum was held with the participation of the Iranian Veep and the Prime Ministers of Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkmenistan, and Azerbaijan in Moscow. 


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