News ID: 262627
Published: 0320 GMT December 07, 2019

Iran, Russia to boost port cooperation in Caspian Sea

Iran, Russia to boost port cooperation in Caspian Sea

Iran and Russia are holding meetings to further maritime cooperation in the Caspian Sea, with new agreements on the agenda between the Iranian port of Anzali and Russian port of Astrakhan, said the provincial head of Ports and Maritime Organization of Gilan.

Hamidreza Abaei said on Saturday that good measures were being taken in line with an increase in the level of cooperation between the two ports, reported Fars News Agency.

“Cooperation between Anzali and Astrakhan ports were discussed, including the dispatch of vessels to the ports of the two sides. It was decided that the Russian side would follow up and resolve issues facing vessels sailing with Iranian flags through Russian waters,” added the official.

Another topic that was followed through during bilateral discussions was organizing training courses between the two neighboring nations, Abaei noted.

The Russian side welcomed expansion of coordination and development of activities between Astrakhan, Anzali and Astara ports, he went on to say.

In mid-August, Managing Director of Russia’s Astrakhan Special Economic Zone Miloshkin Sergei said that Iran’s Southeastern port of Chabahr is very important for Russia, and President Vladimir Putin believes that the port can ease transportation of goods to the Sea of Oman, other regional countries and the Indian subcontinent.

The strategic role of Chabahar Port in connecting port cities on Caspian Sea to the Sea of Oman has convinced Russian officials specially President Putin to use it as a transit route to deliver goods to other countries and the Indian subcontinent in particular, Sergei said on a visit to the strategic port located in the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan.

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