Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, March 11
By Huseyn Hasanov – Trend:
Negotiations with representatives of the Caspian littoral states began in Ashgabat on March 11 to discuss an intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in conducting search and rescue operations in the Caspian Sea, Trend reports referring to the Turkmen government.
The organizers of the event, which will last until March 13, are the Foreign Ministry, the State Enterprise on the Caspian Sea under the President of the country.
The issue was discussed at the summit of the heads of the Caspian littoral states in Aktau (Kazakhstan) in August 2018.
President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said at the forum that it is necessary to move forward in the implementation of the provisions of the agreement on cooperation in the field of prevention and liquidation of emergency situations in the Caspian Sea.
"Taking into account the fact that most of the Caspian waters is a common water area, further work is needed in this direction. The response mechanism is also an important component in search and rescue at sea. In this aspect, the development of a five-sided agreement in the field of search and rescue in the Caspian Sea is of particular relevance," Turkmen head of state said.
The Caspian Sea is surrounded by Azerbaijan, Russia, Kazakhstan, Iran and Turkmenistan.