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4/2/04

Iranian diplomat clarifies policy on foreign presence at Caspian Sea

Moscow, April 2, IRNA A -- On the threshold of the Caspian Sea littoral states foreign ministers meeting in Moscow, Iran's ambassador to Russia, Gholam-Reza Shafei, here on Friday, voiced Tehran opposition to the presence of foreigners in the region.

Speaking to reporters, he said that during the upcoming meeting, decisions will be taken on forming presidential councils by the five states bordering the Caspian Sea.

"If the proposal is approved, the first session will be held in the second half of the current year in Tehran, whose date will be specified by Iran. Agreements on the Caspian aquatics reserves and meteorology are expected to be inked during the meeting," he added.

Shafei said that in three sessions the result of the progress made by the Caspian working group in a wide range of issues from the Caspian Sea living creatures to energy resources will be examined closely.

Reiterating the need to block the presence of extra-regional forces in the Caspian region, he said that the regional states should be independent in tackling issues such as campaign against terrorism and maintaining stability.

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