News ID: 205702
Published: 0340 GMT December 06, 2017

Zarif: Caspian Sea neighbors “have each other's backs”

Zarif: Caspian Sea neighbors “have each other's backs”

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted on Wednesday a photo taken by the country's official news agency IRNA to affirm that good-neighbor policy is Iran's priority.

“Our neighbors are our priority. Anything possible when you (literally) have each other's backs,” Zarif wrote in his Twitter account, IRNA reported.

At the 7th meeting of five Caspian Sea littoral states (December 4-5) in Moscow, foreign ministers of Iran, Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan reached agreement on some outstanding issues of the sea's legal status.

Following the summit, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the five countries have agreed on “all the outstanding key issues” regarding the sea’s legal regime, and plan to hold a joint drill in the strategic waters next year.

Lavrov announced that the draft text of the Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea was “practically ready” to be endorsed in the 5th Caspian Summit in Kazakhstan next year.

“We have completed our almost 20-year work on the Convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea. This text will be submitted for approval by the heads of our states. We expect that they will support it,” Lavrov said.

The Caspian Sea is the largest enclosed body of water on Earth by area and is variously classed as the world’s largest lake or a full-fledged sea. The issue of its legal status was given significance after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the emergence of new independent states bordering the sea.



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