Caspian Sea Countries Agree to Prevent Foreign Presence

Azerbaijan's FM attends meeting of foreign ministers of Caspian littoral states

Azerbaijan's FM attends meeting of foreign ministers of Caspian littoral states

"It is a valuable opportunity to outline the prospects for the future of the Caspian Sea in the lovely city of Moscow in the company of our colleagues", said Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, on Tuesday.

The draft convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea also includes the issue of construction of the Trans-Caspian pipelines, Azerbaijani Deputy Foreign Minister Khalaf Khalafov said in a press conference in Baku Dec. 6.

After twenty years of persistent disputes, the five Caspian states are close to signing a final concord on the legal status of the Caspian Sea.

The chief of Iran's diplomatic apparatus continued, "The most significant achievements of the talks are the signing of the Tehran Convention and several environmental extension protocols".

The Caspian Sea is the largest landlocked body of water in the world.

Meantime, Mr. Zarif said that more than 12 agreements and protocols are being negotiated and finalized.

Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov took part in the meeting of foreign ministers of the Caspian states, held in Moscow on December 4-5, 2017. Iran, Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan are the five countries in the Caspian littoral that agreed to reject the presence of foreign forces and emphasize that security only belongs to the coastal States.

"The continuation of garnering such achievements will be possible in the light of respect for the stances of all parties and the adoption of defensible national approaches, as a fundamental pillar and a logical position", highlighted the Iranian top diplomat.

Elmar Mammadyarov informed the meeting participants that countering terrorism, transnational organized crime, illegal circulation of arms, narcotic drugs and human trafficking requires consolidation of efforts of all Caspian states against challenges and threats to worldwide and regional stability and security.

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