President Ebrahim Raeisi made the comments during a Sunday afternoon cabinet meeting also attended by visiting Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev.
“One of the priorities of the Iranian government is to play an effective role in strengthening regional integration by developing trade through Iranian lands as a safe, reasonably priced and fast route,” the president said. in his address to the cabinet meeting.
Raeisi added that Iran can also be a transit route to connect East and South Asia with Europe.
He also said that meeting the requirements and addressing obstacles to railway trade is one of the priorities of the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Raeisi further explained that Iran is a cheap and fast route for Asian and European countries and its exemplary security inside the country has highlighted the role Iran can play in regional transit.
At the end of his speech, the Iranian President said that the first transit train from Kazakhstan through the East-West Corridor crosses Iranian territory. Then the Kazakh train left the Tehran station in the direction of Turkey.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said his country allows Iranian citizens to travel to Kazakhstan for two weeks without a visa.