Iranian Foreign Minister, at a meeting in Moscow, stated that Iran is hoping to expedite the process of border delimitation in the Caspian Sea.

Iran PressEurope: Iran's Foreign Minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian made these remarks at a meeting of foreign ministers from Caspian littoral states in Moscow.

Stressing the need for plans to enhance economic cooperation among the five Caspian countries, Amir-Abdollahian, also, said he will hold bilateral talks with his counterparts on the sidelines of the meeting in Moscow.

In the meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, negotiations will be held on the implementation of the agreements that the presidents of Iran and Russia have signed last year, Amir-Abdollahian noted.

The Iranian foreign minister said he would also raise the issue of Palestine and the Israeli regime’s crimes in the Moscow meeting.

"The Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea defines the rights and obligations and the general framework of cooperation between the five littoral countries in the four maritime zones," he said.

"The application of sovereignty, sovereign rights, and exclusive collective jurisdiction in these zones requires the drawing of baselines as a basis for delimiting the precise boundaries of inland waters, territorial waters, fishing zones, and shared water areas."

Amir-Abdollahian also noted that despite six rounds of meetings and negotiations to finalize this process, progress has been slow. "We hope that the seventh meeting of this working group will be held in Baku soon and will bring appropriate results," he added.

Iran pushes for the establishment of a unified organization covering all aspects of Caspian Sea cooperation


Amir-Abdollahian added that: "The process of five-party collaboration in the Caspian Sea must be hastened. Furthermore, we believe that all decisions should be made with the consent and approval of the five Caspian littoral republics. We must promote communal engagement to transform the Caspian Sea into a symbol of friendship, progress, and development structure must be implemented. In this context, it is critical to establish a unified secretariat or institution capable of managing and controlling all aspects of Caspian Sea cooperation."

"Iran encourages the development of the central economy and cooperative investments in maritime transportation, ports, navigation, maritime tourism, the construction of free trade zones, fisheries, and the rational and sustainable use of bio-resources. The Caspian Sea's trade, economic, and transportation cooperation must be strengthened. Holding Caspian economic forums is a good way to strengthen this cooperation. Unfortunately, the third Caspian Economic Forum in Tehran has been postponed. We are working to propose new dates for this forum at the level of the Caspian littoral governments' prime ministers. The regular hosting of this conference will protect the interests of the five littoral republics," Amir-Abdollahian added.


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