TEHRAN (defapress) – Addressing the seventh ministerial meeting of five Caspian Sea littoral states, Iranian FM Zarif said that the littoral states can boost cooperation in all areas.
News ID: 67274
Publish Date: 05December 2017 - 18:43
"It is a valuable opportunity to outline the prospects
for the future of the Caspian Sea in the beautiful city of Moscow in the
company of our colleagues,” said Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif,
He made remarks at
the seventh ministerial meeting of five Caspian Sea littoral states (Iran,
Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Russia, and Kazakhstan) after extending gratitude for
the hosting and hospitality of the Russian government.
Hailing the perseverance of the littoral states in following
up the case of Caspian Sea maritime regime, Mr. Zarif described the meeting as
a sign of commitment of the 5 littoral states to dialogue and interaction.
"Talks which started at the level of director-generals and
then followed by deputy foreign minister level of talks before the meeting of
the foreign ministers and finally the summit of the heads of the littoral
states has resulted so far of 4 editions of the Summit of Presidents of the
Caspian littoral states, 7 rounds of foreign ministers meetings, and 49 rounds
of task commissions,” recounted the Iranian
The chief of Iran’s diplomatic apparatus continued, "The
most significant achievements of the talks are the signing of the Tehran
Convention and several environmental extension protocols. The signing of the
security cooperation agreement, the Blue Water Reserves Agreement, the Climate
Agreements and the Emergency Response Agreement in the Caspian Sea.”
Meantime, Mr. Zarif said that more than 12 agreements and
protocols are being negotiated and finalized.
Recounting the other merits of the Caspian Sea littoral
states initiative, Mr. Zarif pointed to what has contributed to consolidating
the foundations of peace and stability in the sea, increasing the confidence
and reducing the scope of disputes between coastal countries, expanding
maritime and port interactions, transport and transit, energy cooperation,
security, Border cooperation, increased joint ventures and expansion of
relations between chambers of commerce, maritime rescue and relief exercises,
cross-country visits of the navies of the coastal states under the heading of
the ‘flotillas of peace and friendship’, cooperation in the youth field, sports
events and media and cultural programs.
The Iranian foreign minister said, "Today, with such
achievements in background, I am proud to announce that all coastal states will
resolve the Caspian Sea problem by themselves and agree on preventing their
territory from being subjected to military action against each other, banning
the presence of foreign troops, monopoly of shipping exclusively under the
flags of the 5 littoral countries, the determination of the maritime area, and
a big part of the convention of the Caspian Sea regime drafted.”
"The continuation of garnering such achievements will be
possible in the light of respect for the stances of all parties and the adoption
of defensible national approaches, as a fundamental pillar and a logical
position,” highlighted the Iranian top diplomat.
"With such an approach, the principled position of the
Islamic Republic of Iran in determining the boundaries and bases of the Caspian
Sea is based on the principles of mutual respect, fairness, as well as
attention to the shape of the coast of the countries as a special and
influential factor,” he added.
Also at the event, Iranian top diplomat called for expansion
of ties in areas of leveling the tariffs and customs procedures, establishing a
joint investment fund, creation of a common window, and movement towards the
full wavering of visa between the 5 littoral states.
"We believe that the differences in the delimitation of maritime
areas can be resolved through greater interaction and mutual resilience of all
parties,” asserted the Iranian minister.
Mr. Zarif outlined that the Islamic Republic of Iran is
ready to cooperate and give access to its territory for the use of the Caspian
Sea countries in the fields of transportation of goods, transit, oil and gas
transportation, as well as access to international high seas, in a reciprocal
way, in compliance with the regulations, and with respect to the legal
interests of the Caspian Sea states.