Iran FM to Attend Caspian Sea Littoral States’ Summit in Moscow

Caspian Sea

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will take part in the upcoming ministerial meeting of five Caspian Sea littoral states (Iran, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Russia, and Kazakhstan), due to be held in Moscow on December 4-5.

“A delegation of experts on political, legal, border issues and other related fields will accompany Zarif in this trip,” Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said.

He also noted that the meeting will discuss the draft convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea, and ways to finalize the convention.

The participants will also prepare the agenda, and assess the documents to be signed at the Leaders’ Summit, Qassemi noted.

During the previous ministerial meeting held in the Kazakh capital of Astana in 2016, Zarif stressed that the legal regime of Caspian Sea should be developed in a way that the interests of all littoral states are met.

“A lasting legal regime should guarantee that the interests of all littoral states are met given the geopolitical changes,” Zarif noted in July 2016.

He also expressed Tehran’s support for the establishment of a permanent regional association, whose activities and list of duties would be defined after consultation among the Caspian littoral countries.

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