Ashgabat, Tehran talk over Caspian Sea status
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Nov.23
By Huseyn Hasanov- Trend:
Turkmenistan and Iran actively participate in the talks on determining the legal status of the Caspian Sea, said the message from Turkmen government.
The remarks were made by Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdimuhammadov during the negotiations in Iran.
Turkmen president has arrived in Tehran to attend the third summit of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) and discuss bilateral ties with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani.
During the talks, he noted that the proposals put forward by Turkmenistan and Iran are a basis for new types and mechanisms of multilateral, mutually beneficial cooperation in the Caspian Sea region in such spheres as security, emergency situations, trade and economic partnership, transport and communications and so on.
"All this creates favorable conditions for strengthening the mutual trust between the littoral countries, first of all, for developing the trade and economic relations," said the message.
The Caspian Sea is the world's largest inland water reservoir having an oceanic origin.
In May 2015, the parliament of Turkmenistan considered and approved the draft resolution on the ratification of the Protocol on Biological Diversity to the Framework Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Caspian Sea.
The protocol was signed in 2014 at one of the forums in Ashgabat. This document is expected to contribute to the development of protected areas and the protection of rare species of biological diversity at the national and regional levels.
The legal framework for the protection of the Caspian Sea - United Nations Framework Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Caspian Sea (Tehran Convention) and a mechanism of its implementation were prepared and agreed upon as part of the Caspian Environment Programme. Turkmenistan together with the Caspian-littoral countries has been actively involved in its implementation since 1995.
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