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Iran's special envoy arrives in Baku for Caspian Sea discussions

Baku, March 15, IRNA -- Iran's Special Envoy in Caspian Sea Affairs Mahdi Safari arrived in Baku on Monday evening to attend the 13th session of the Caspian Sea Littoral States' Working Group.

Talking to the press, Safari announced, "The Caspian Sea Littoral States Working Group has so far achieved tangible and satisfactory results in preparing the draft of Legal Convention of the Caspian Sea."

Iran's envoy added, "Iran's general stand is achieving the legal status of the Caspian Sea as soon as possible through holding direct dialogues with all littoral states continually."

The Iranian deputy minister of foreign affairs expressing satisfaction with the achieved agreement over the ecosystem preservation part of the convention, reiterated, "Iran is ready and willing to cooperate in achieving consensus in remaining parts, and we will hopefully reach consensus on a couple of more parts of it during this round of talks."

The Caspian Sea Littoral States' Working Group, comprised of the deputy foreign ministers of five countries having shores with the world's largest lake started its activities five years ago.

The twelfth session of this working group was convened on the 9th and 10th of December 2003.

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