Jun 28, 2022 18:38 UTC
  • Caspian neighbors need mechanism for collective cooperation: FM

Iran has always supported the establishment of a mechanism for collective efforts toward ensuring security in the strategic Caspian Sea region and promoting economic cooperation among its five littoral states, Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian says.

“This issue is very important in terms of security and national interests of all littoral states of the Caspian Sea,” he said in an address to a meeting of foreign ministers of the Caspian Sea littoral states in Turkmenistan on Tuesday.

“We support a five-sided mechanism, including Russia’s recent proposal for establishing and finalizing a cooperation structure in the Caspian Sea, and we believe this initiative will strengthen cooperation in the Caspian Sea,” the FM added.

The top diplomat emphasized that Tehran also welcomes the proposal to hold the second Caspian Sea Economic Forum in Russia and believes that the Caspian littoral states should always pay special attention to trade and transportation in the sea for the sake of the development and prosperity of their respective nations.

Amir-Abdollahian urged the littoral states to put the issue of protecting the ecology and marine life in the Caspian Sea high on their agenda.

He hailed efforts made by the Caspian Sea littoral states to improve five-sided cooperation, despite the coronavirus outbreak.