TEHRAN (Iran News) –Director of Ports and Maritime Organization of Iran (PMO) Ali Akbar Safaei has called for the launch of a direct shipping line to Kazakhstan amid efforts to boost trade between the two Caspian Sea countries.
Ali Akbar Safaei, also a deputy transportation minister, said on Tuesday that the PMO will support the activities of Kazakh investors in ports in north and south of Iran.
He made the remarks in a meeting with Kazakh Ambassador to Tehran Askhat Orazbay. Iran’s ambassador to Kazakhstan Majid Samadzadeh also attended the meeting via video conference.
Safaei said in the meeting that Iran and Kazakhstan need to develop a joint maritime trade plan in light of recent regional developments which have led to efforts by Russia to expand its trade ties with countries in the Persian Gulf.
For his part, the Kazakh ambassador said that companies from his country have plans for investment in Iranian ports.
Orazbay insisted that Kazakhstan seeks to expand its trade and economic relations with regional countries through the Iranian ports.
He said Kazakhstan is seeking to implement transportation projects in Iran as part of its strategic policy to access international waters.