A delegation from the Islamic Republic of Iran headed by General in Chief of the Iranian Naval Forces Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari made an official visit to Astana on March 2, reported the press service of the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
“Today’s visit by Rear Admiral Sayyari is another step in strengthening cooperation between the naval forces of Kazakhstan and Iran,” said the Chief of the Naval Forces of Kazakhstan Rear Admiral Zhandarbek Zhanzakov.
Iranian Rear Admiral Sayyari thanked his hosts for their warm welcome.
“Our countries are influential and powerful states in their regions. Kazakhstan and Iran are neighbours across the Caspian Sea. Therefore, our cooperation is very important. In addition to providing security in the region, we are interested in cooperation in various fields of maritime affairs. In particular, the training and exchange of students, cadets and teachers, the manufacture and repair of military equipment, joint workshops and a lot more,” Sayyari said.
Iran’s navy commander stayed in Kazakhstan until March 6. During this time, Iranian defence officials were to visit Kazakhstan Engineering and give a lecture to the students of the National Defence University. Then, the Iranian delegation travelled to Aktau, where they were planning to visit two military units and a training centre as well as board a rocket-artillery ship of the Kazakh Navy.
“This is a reciprocal visit. In the period from October 28 to October 31, 2013 Chief of the Naval Forces of the Republic of Kazakhstan Rear Admiral Zhandarbek Zhanzakov visited the Islamic Republic of Iran, visited the Naval University named after Khomeini and the port of Bandar Abbas,” stated the press service release.