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Caspian Sea littoral states against presence of alien forces

Tehran, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says there is a consensus among Caspian Sea littoral states against the presence and movement of foreign military forces in the sea.

Addressing a meeting of the foreign ministers of the Caspian Sea littoral states in Aktau, Kazakhstan, Zarif said thanks to the positive will of the leaders of the littoral states and friendly climate governing these meetings, they are on the verge of signing the convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea and six other agreements and protocols as well as the statement of the Summit meet.

He said 21 days ago the protocol for Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) was signed, adding 'These events altogether herald a bright future for our nations and governments.'

Signing the Conventions on the Legal Regime of the Caspian Sea is a very important step to be taken to put an end to 21-year-long negotiations on this subject, Zarif said.

The foreign minister said however that the signing of the convention would not mark the end of all negotiations and measures concerning the Caspian Sea and in fact it is a turning point and the beginning of implementing all agreements, supervising their execution and holding talks for inking new and necessary agreements.

The ministerial meeting of the Caspian Sea littoral states opened in Kazakh port of Aktau Saturday with participation of the foreign ministers of Iran, Russia, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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