TEHRAN, June 8 (Xinhua) -- Iranian and Kazakh officials have called for closer interaction between the universities of the two countries, Tasnim news agency reported on Saturday.
In a meeting in Nursultan of Kazakhstan on Friday, Iran's ambassador to Kazakhstan, Majid Saber, and Kazakh Minister of Education and Science, Kulyash Shamshidinova, explored avenues for boosting scientific cooperation between the two nations.
Saber highlighted Iran's experience in research and scientific activities and the potentials of its academics, and stressed the need for plans for the exchange of university students and professors between the two countries and holding joint scientific courses and conferences.
He voiced Iran's readiness to sign a memorandum of understanding with Kazakhstan on comprehensive scientific and academic cooperation.
For her part, Shamshidinova called for the promotion of scientific and academic cooperation between Nursultan and Tehran, saying that the two countries need to work closely in the field of knowledge-based technologies.
In an interview with Tasnim last week, Saber said that "the relations between Iran and Kazakhstan are deep-rooted, age-old and based upon mutual interests."
"At present, Kazakhstan has a major position in Iran's regional strategy as the most important and most stable republic in Central Asia," he was quoted as saying.