By Vugar Khalilov
Turkmenistan is hosting the 6th Caspian littoral states summit
to address cooperation and security issues of the Caspian littoral
states, Azernews reports.
As part of the summit, the leaders of the five Caspian littoral
states (Azerbaijan, Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Iran)
will focus on joint cooperation and security issues, as well as
will consider the ecological condition in the Caspian Sea.
On June 28, the foreign ministers of the Caspian littoral states
came together in Ashgabat to consider the preparations for and
coordination of meetings of the state leaders.
Bilateral meetings of the presidents are also planned as part of
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev is also off to Ashgabat to
participate in the summit. Aliyev is planned to have a meeting with
Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss bilateral and regional
“The holding of the Ashgabat Summit of the presidents of the
Caspian littoral states, as well as the holding of bilateral and
multilateral meetings within the framework of the summit, will
contribute to the development of the five countries in trade,
transit, energy, agriculture and tourism,” former Iranian
ambassador to Azerbaijan Mohsen Pakayin said, Azernews reports,
Pakayin noted that these discussions would help to further
enhance marine transit in the Caspian Sea via the ports of five
countries. Railways might also be used to boost cargo transit
between these countries.
The ex-ambassador stated that the expansion of collaboration
among the Caspian littoral states' business sectors, as well as the
provision of appropriate assistance and duty reductions, can help
to further expand economic connections.
Former Iranian MP Gholamali Jafarzadeh also stated that the
Ashgabat Summit might benefit the development of cooperation in a
variety of spheres.
Jafarzadeh emphasized that this conference may be seen
favourably in a variety of ways, including economic,
transportation, energy, freight, and other factors. The Caspian
littoral states may enhance their connections by taking use of
“This could result in the development of those countries and the
region as a whole. The summit of the Caspian littoral states will
focus on the fall in the water level in the Caspian Sea and
eliminate environmental problems, and appropriate steps can be
taken in this direction,' the MP stressed.
The Iranian foreign minister stated that Hossein
Amir-Abdollahian his country supports Russia's proposal to
establish a cooperation structure in the Caspian Sea.
The Iranian minister emphasized that implementation of this
proposal will boost collaboration among the Caspian nations and
assure long-term security.
The fifth Caspian summit was held in Aktau on 12 August 2018.
The presidents of Azerbaijan, Iran, Turkmenistan, and Russia
visited Kazakhstan to sign the convention.
Ahead of the 29 June summit, the foreign ministers of the
Caspian littoral states met in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.
The meeting was attended by Azerbaijani Deputy Foreign Minister
Xalaf Xalafov, Russian FM Sergei Lavrov, Turkmen FM Rashid Meredow,
Iranian FM Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, and Kazakh FM Mukhtar
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