TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani plans to pay an official visit to Kazakhstan in coming days as part of efforts to boost bilateral relations between the two countries.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a cabinet session in Tehran on Wednesday, Mahmoud Vaezi, the Iranian president's Chief of Staff, said President Rouhani would travel to the Kazakh capital of Astana within a few days.

He further said the president will also plans to pay official visits to a number of African countries in the near future, adding that the exact time of the visits has not been determined yet.

In a meeting in Tehran last month, foreign ministers of Iran and Kazakhstan discussed ways to promote economic, political, and cultural cooperation between the two countries.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Kazakh counterpart, Kairat Abdrakhmanov weighed plans for the expansion of banking ties between Tehran and Astana, closer scientific and technological cooperation, joint efforts in tackling dust pollution, and cooperation in the transportation industry.

Zarif and Abdrakhmanov also emphasized close coordination between Iran and Kazakhstan in international organizations, in the war on terrorism, and in contribution to the Astana talks for peace in Syria.

The Kazakh capital has so far played host to six rounds of talks among Syria’s warring sides, brokered by Iran, Russia, and Turkey, known as the guarantors of a ceasefire in the Arab country.