Speaking to reporters upon his arrival in Kazakhstan on Sunday, the Iranian minister said consultation with Kazakh officials about regional issues, particularly Saudi Arabia’s ongoing military campaign in Yemen, is among the objectives of his visit.
“The fight against extremism, the issue of the Caspian Sea, and other issues and crises that have befallen the Persian Gulf region are among topics of mutual negotiations with the Kazakh side,” Zarif added.
He pointed to very broad relations between Tehran and Astana and said mutual ties need more attention in view of their high importance.
The Iranian minister, who is visiting Astana at the invitation of his Kazakh counterpart, Yerlan Idrisov, is scheduled to sit with the country’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev and foreign minister.
In September 2014, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, leading a high-ranking economic and diplomatic delegation, made a five-day tour of the Central Asian states of Kazakhstan and Tajikistan. During the trip, Iran signed separate agreements with the two states on the expansion of ties in various fields.