Nursultan Nazarbaev (file photo) (epa)
December 14, 2006 -- Kazakh Foreign Minister Qasymzhomart Toqaev said today President Nursultan Nazarbaev would visit Iran at a date that remains to be determined.
Addressing a news briefing in Astana after talks with his Iranian counterpart Manuchehr Mottaki, Toqaev said the upcoming visit would be a milestone in bilateral relations.
Mottaki arrived in Astana earlier today to attend a meeting of the Iran-Kazakhstan joint economic commission.
Kazakh and Iranian officials discussed a wide range of joint economic projects. Among others, they examined the possibility of joining forces in the construction of a petrochemical plant in western Kazakhstan and an oil refinery in northern Iran. They also discussed a joint project to build a port grain terminal on Iran's Caspian Sea coast and Kazakhstan's plans to export grain and animal farm products to Iran.
Meanwhile, China said today it expected to sign more than 10 bilateral agreements when Nazarbaev visits Beijing on December 19-23.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said Nazarbaev would meet with President Hu Jintao; Prime Minister Wen Jiabao; and U Bango, the chairman of the standing committee of the National People's Congress.
(Interfax-Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan Today, IRNA, Xinhua, Kazinform)