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Nazarbayev: Historic decision on Caspian sea set for Sunday

Moscow, Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev said Saturday that all issues related to the interaction in and around the Caspian Sea have been agreed, and the member-states are expected to announce a historic decision on Sunday.

Riyanovosti quoted Nazarbayev as addressing a ceremony, also attended by reporters, that a historic decision will be made on Sunday at the summit of the Caspian littoral states' leaders.

'During the last 20 years we have been holding talks, rather difficult ones, to agree our approaches, to solve all the issues regarding our cooperation at the Caspian Sea I believe all issues have been agreed, we are expecting a historic decision to be made tomorrow,' Nazarbayev said.

The Kazakh president explained that the talks concerned ship routes, resources, environment and trade.

On Sunday, the leaders of the Caspian states � Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkmenistan � will meet in in the northwestern Kazakh city of Aktau to sum up the talks on the Caspian Sea's legal status.

Over the past few months, only Russian and Kazakh heads of state supporting signing the convention and Azerbaijan Republic too has confirmed it at the level of foreign ministry spokesman so that the country's president will have the space up to the last minute to change stance.

Iran president Hassan Rouhani is to leave Tehran for Aktau on Saturday to attend the Caspian Summit to discuss latest Caspian related issues.

A joint communique will be issued by the leaders of the five littoral states along with several key and strategic documents for Caspian cooperation, Iran presidential office reported. The President will hold meetings with Kazakh president and several other leaders attending meeting so as to investigate bilateral relations.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA


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