Tehran to Host Summit of Caspian Sea Littoral States on Monday

A0090568110.jpgThe second summit of the heads of the Caspian Sea littoral states is scheduled to kick off work here in Tehran tomorrow. During the meeting which will be attended by the presidents and foreign ministers of the Caspian Sea littoral states – Iran, Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan – participants are due to discuss different Caspian-related issues and their impacts on the five littoral states as well as other significant regional and international developments.

“A discussion of the legal regime of the Caspian Sea and multilateral cooperation among the littoral states as well as a review of the regional and international issues are among the main agenda of the meeting,” Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Mohammad Ali Hosseini told reporters during a weekly press conference last month.

“Participant heads of state are expected to give out a final statement at the end of the summit,” he added.

Foreign ministers of the Caspian Sea littoral states in a meeting in Tehran on June 20 prepared a draft statement for the upcoming summit.

The foreign ministers also said they were confident that the upcoming summit would give rise to a fresh movement for developing relations and boosting multilateral cooperation among the said states.

In their meeting, the foreign ministers of the littoral states also studied a draft convention prepared by their deputies on the Caspian Sea legal regime, and reiterated that the talks – which they described as “positive” – should continue.

The ministers also said they were satisfied to see that the convention on the framework of the Caspian Sea Environmental Protection (Tehran Convention) has been put into effect, and called for the rapid compilation of complementary protocols.

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