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Larijani satisfied with Central Asia visit

Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani says Iran, Kazakhstan and Armenia plan to facilitate their political relations and cooperation through expansion of parliamentary capacities.

Larijani, who ended his five-day visit to Armenia and Kazakhstan on Monday, made the remarks among reporters upon his arrival at Tehran’s Mehrabad airport on Tuesday morning.

Both Central Asian states stressed expansion of political cooperation and relations with the Islamic Republic through the use of parliamentary capacities, the Majlis top official said.

Elaborating on his five-day visit to the Central Asian states, Larijani expressed hope that his significant interactions with Armenian and Kazakh officials would create a joint policy to facilitate expansion of the two states’ relations in the region.

Iran’s economic and trade relations with the two Central Asian countries were also reviewed during the visits, the Iranian official added.

While Iran’s peaceful nuclear program was part of Iranian and Kazakh discussions, Larijani said Kazakhstan’s presidency over the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe would be to the benefit of the region.

Earlier, in his meeting with Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev on Monday, the Kazakh chief executive threw weight behind Iran’s peaceful nuclear program.

The Kazakh president said that “accessing peaceful nuclear energy is within Iran’s rights.”

Nazarbayev also underlined Kazakhstan’s willingness to expand mutual relations with the Islamic Republic.

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