News ID: 322618
Published: 0206 GMT July 01, 2022

Raeisi: Littoral states do not tolerate foreign presence in Caspian Sea ‎

Raeisi: Littoral states do not tolerate foreign presence in Caspian Sea ‎
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Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi addresses reporters at the airport in Tehran upon arrival from his visit to Turkmenistan on June 30, 2022.

International Desk

Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi said all littoral states stress that ‎foreign powers must not be present in the Caspian Sea. ‎

Raeisi made the remark upon arrival at the airport in Tehran from his visit to Turkmenistan, where he ‎took part in the sixth summit of the heads of state of the Caspian Sea littoral countries, president.ir reported. ‎

The Iranian president called for the protection of the Caspian Sea’s resources and capacities, adding the sea ‎belongs to the regional countries and must be managed collectively by the littoral states. ‎

He also called for greater cooperation among the Caspian Sea littoral states in the ‎economic, cultural, environmental, shipping, tourism and fisheries sectors. ‎

Commenting on the Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea, signed in August 2018, Raeisi said its implementation must be based on the demarcation of the baselines‎.‎

Turning to his meetings with the Azerbaijani, Turkmen and Russian presidents on the sidelines of the ‎summit, he noted that the talks were mainly focused on the expansion of bilateral economic and trade ties and implementation of the previously signed MoUs. ‎

He described his Ashgabat visit as positive, saying improvement of ties with neighbors is among his administration’s ‎foreign policy priorities. ‎

Raeisi noted that in Turkmenistan, Iran proposed to host the seventh edition of the summit, which was welcomed ‎by the participating states. ‎

In an address to the summit on Wednesday, Raeisi said cooperation among the Caspian Sea littoral states has become increasingly important in light of international developments.

Such interaction will not only lead to economic prosperity and improved welfare of the nations, but also help ensure regional peace and stability and resolve the Caspian Sea zone’s problems merely through its coastal countries, he added.   

Iran, Raeisi said, considers the Caspian as a sea of peace and friendship and declares its readiness for comprehensive cooperation based on mutual respect and interests.

 

 

 

   
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