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EghtesadOnline: Iran believes that transparency, peaceful use of the sea, and avoidance of military forces in relations among the Caspian Sea littoral countries are key to the development of the region, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told a conference of the Caspian states in Astana, Kazakhstan.

To achieve any economic prosperity, which is a key to the nations’ well-being, it is necessary to adhere to the Astrakhan summit statement, prevent any third-party military presence at the sea, and cooperate to prevent crises in the region, he stated.

According to ILNA, the foreign minister also called for a general consensus for sustainable development in the Caspian region and rendering a fair dissection of the marine areas.

The one-day conference is attended by the foreign ministers of Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Iran and Turkmenistan, where they will discuss the legal status of the sea.

In the first such meeting that was held in 2002 in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, the member states reviewed the ways to fight environment pollution at the Caspian Sea and also how to preserve the world’s biggest inland water body.

Later meetings were held in 2007 in Tehran, 2010 in Baku, and 2014 in Astrakhan.

Mohammad Javad Zarif Air Astana Caspian Sea