ASTANA, June 27 (Xinhua) -- Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev said here Wednesday that his country is ready to further develop cooperation with Iran.
"Kazakhstan is ready to expand and enhance our friendly relations and boost trading and economic cooperation," Nazarbayev said in a meeting with visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi.
Noting that the sales turnover between the two countries is currently at about 1 billion U.S. dollars, the president said the level is well below potential.
On the controversial nuclear issue, he praised the recent Moscow talks between Tehran and six international mediators, saying "We must be patient" and "Parties are moving in the right direction."
For his part, Salehi noted that the construction of a railway linking Kazakhstan with Iran, which is part of an international transport corridor, is planned for completion at the end of 2012.
"Upon completion of this project, we will be witnessing a boost of transit and trade between our countries," he said.
The two sides also discussed the development and implementation of other joint projects aimed at boosting economic, financial and trade cooperation.