Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said in Tehran on Tuesday that any new agreement on the Caspian Sea legal regime should be based upon the previous agreements signed between Iran and the former Soviet Union, IRNA reported from Tehran on Tuesday.
The Iranian foreign minister made the remarks while addressing a special working group meeting on the Caspian Sea legal regime convention which opened this morning.
Caspian Sea legal regime should meet
expectations of littoral states
Mottaki stressed that the Caspian Sea legal regime should be compiled in a way to meet expectations of people all the five littoral states.
Terming the Caspian Sea Summit held in Tehran in October 2007 as "very successful", Mottaki urged the littoral states to move in line with materializing the approvals of that summit.
He further underscored the importance of promoting the Caspian Sea security.
The Iranian foreign minister called on all participating delegates to pay due attention to common interests of all littoral states, the sea's stability and security, environmental issues of the sea and economic prosperity of the littoral states.
He underlined the need for distribution of the sea's natural resources fairly, stressing that all littoral states should make use of the economic profits of the sea in a fair manner.
Special representatives and deputy foreign ministers of five Caspian Sea littoral states are attending the meeting.
The draft of the Caspian Sea legal regime convention will be discussed by the delegates.
Issues of mutual interest and holding the first seminar on economy to be held in Russia in the next few months, will be among the subjects to be reviewed in the meeting.
Peace, stability and security of the Caspian Sea as well as the upcoming foreign ministers meeting of the littoral states and the Baku summit will also be discussed.
The Caspian Sea states include Iran, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Russia and Azerbaijan.
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