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Ahmadinejad: Iran, Kazakhstan to broaden cooperation

Astana, April 7, IRNA -- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Tuesday that ties between Iran and Kazakhstan are very promising and expansion of cooperation between the two sides will result in regional development.

President Ahmadinejad made the remarks on the second day of his official visit to Kazakhstan in a meeting with Kazakh Premier Karim Massimov on Tuesday.

At the meeting, President Ahmadinejad underlined the need to further uphold existing level of mutual as well as regional cooperation.

"If the world were free of threats from bullying powers, we would remain committed to broadening all-out ties with other countries. Now that such threats exist, expansion and deepening of such ties seems inevitable," he said.

The two sides should spare no efforts to help prepare infrastructure grounds for such development, he said.

To attain the goal, both sides should help broaden cooperation in various fields such as transportation, finance and monetary sectors as well as joint investment, said the Iranian president.

Iran and Kazakhstan share common views on regional and international developments, he said adding that the two sides are able to bolster and broaden mutual ties to this effect.

Kazakh premier, for his part, voiced readiness to implement agreements signed between the two countries and said the visit by Iranian president to Kazakhstan will leave remarkable impacts on ties between the two countries.

President Ahmadinejad concluded his two-day official visit to Kazakhstan and returned home Tuesday afternoon.

Kazak president acknowledges Iran's nuclear right

President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev stressed Iran's right on Monday to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

The Kazak president made the statement after his private talks with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who arrived in Astana on Monday for a two-day official visit.

The two presidents attended a joint press conference after discussing ways to further develop Tehran-Astana relations and cooperation.

Kazakhstan is one of the important countries of Central Asia and is the focus of Iran's foreign policy.

President Nazarbayev said that Iran plays a significant role both in regional and international arenas.

Referring to bilateral relations, the Kazak president said the two capitals enjoyed good neighborly relations and heralded bright prospect for Tehran-Astana ties.

The Kazakh president welcomed recent remarks made by US President Barack Obama on making nuclear weapons free world.

Referring to the issue of establishing a nuclear fuel bank, a proposal backed by the US, Nazarbayev voiced Kazakhstan's readiness to establish the bank.

"If a nuclear fuel bank is to be established, Kazakhstan has the ability to do so," Nazarbayev said.

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