FM Receives Kazakh Message
In a message to his Iranian counterpart, Kazakh Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov backed Iran's right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
Kazakh Deputy Foreign Minister Askar Mussinov, who is in Tehran for political consultations, met with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and submitted the message of his Kazakh counterpart to him on Sunday.
The Kazakh foreign minister in the message stressed the "definite rights" of Iran to pursue peaceful nuclear energy and called dialogue and political solution the only means to address the nuclear dispute between Iran and the major powers, which could help bring about a "win-win" deal, Fars news agency reported.
He also expressed hope that the talks between Iran and the P5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members and Germany) over Tehran's nuclear program would go forward and called for expansion of relations between the two states.
Zarif, for his part, praised the "constructive" role of the Kazakh official in the successful conduct of two rounds of nuclear talks between Iran and the six major powers in Almaty.
The foreign minister also welcomed his Kazakh counterpart's invitation for a visit to the Central Asian country and called the coming spring an appropriate time for such a visit.
Nazarbayev to Visit
In a separate development, the Kazakh deputy foreign minister and his Iranian counterpart Ebrahim Rahimpour conferred on an upcoming visit to Tehran by Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev and also the possible visit of the foreign minister to Astana next spring.
Fars also reported that the first round of political consultations between Iran and Kazakhstan were held between the deputy foreign ministers of the two countries in Tehran on Sunday as part of the agreements reached between the two foreign ministers on the sidelines of President Hassan Rouhani's visit to Kazakhstan last September.