Iranian FM hopes for early completion of work on Caspian status convention Legal Issues
Iranian FM hopes for early completion of work on Caspian status convention
Baku, Fineko/abc.az. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif voiced a hope for completion of work over the Convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea this year.
"We hope we’ll be able to finalize the Convention. We believe the Caspian littoral countries form a special region with its own atmosphere and legal system. We need to finalize this legal document - the Convention on the Caspian Sea," he said.
In the summer of 2016 the Caspian states’ foreign ministers will hold a meeting, on the results of which the date and agenda of the Caspian States’ Summit in Astana will depend.
"We think it is necessary to strengthen cooperation in the field of environmental protection in the Caspian Sea. We already have a legislative framework for cooperation, including in the field of environmental protection and fisheries," Zarif said. He also wished the Caspian would be a peaceful area, a zone of good-neighborliness and cooperation between the Caspian littoral countries.
"I hope that before the summit Astana will also host meetings both at expert and ministerial level. We hope such meetings will serve to the creation of the basis for the completion of the Convention work at the Astana summit by the Caspian states’ leaders," the Iranian FM said.