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Caspian convention important regional gain: Baku

Baku, Azerbaijan's deputy foreign minister described the newly signed Caspian Sea Convention as an important achievement resulted from regional cooperation.

Referring to the international community hailing the Convention as a multilateral diplomatic achievement, Khalaf Khalafov said it was the result of 52 meetings of the littoral states' representatives and numerous bilateral talks as well as consultations among foreign ministers and heads of states.

Speaking to the Azerbaijan state news agency Azertac, Khalafov said, the instrument signed at the 5th summit of the Caspian Sea littoral states in Kazakhstan puts emphasis on the countries' cooperation in preventing terrorism and other crimes.

The Convention is a comprehensive document defining the Caspian Sea legal regime, he added.

Cooperation among the Caspian countries will be based on the interest, sovereignty and territorial integrity of all the parties.

At the fifth Caspian Summit in Aktau (August 12) the littoral states also signed documents on cooperation in the field of combating organized crimes in the Caspian Sea, on trade and economic cooperation, on cooperation in the field of transport, on prevention of incidents in the Caspian Sea and on cooperation and interaction of border agencies, said Khalafov.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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