Kazakhstan, Astana, Oct. 11 / Trend A. Bayjanov /
A high level of relations between Iran and Azerbaijan is based on the spiritual commonness, Ali Larijani, speaker of the Iranian parliament, said.
"Iran have good relations with Azerbaijan. Our views are friendly. We are bound by common history," Larijani, who is on a two-day visit to Kazakhstan, said at a press conference in Astana.
He said that Iran establishes friendly relations with all countries of the Caspian region. "Our good relations with Azerbaijan and our positions are similar, including the issues of the Caspian Sea. I think that the negotiations on the status of the Caspian Sea are delayed. All parties understand that they must come to an agreement. But there is no final decision yet," Larijani said.
The coastal countries signed the Framework Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Caspian Sea in November 2003.
Russia and Kazakhstan signed an agreement on the delimitation of the northern Caspian Sea to exercise sovereign rights for subsoil use in July 1998 and Protocol to the Agreement in May 2002.
The agreement was signed between Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan on the delimitation of the Caspian Sea and the appropriate protocol on November 29, 2001 and February 27, 2003.
Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Russia signed an agreement on the junction point of the delimitation of the contiguous sections of the Caspian Sea on May 14, 2003.