Caspian states to sign Convention on legal status of Caspian Sea at summit in Kazakhstan

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ASTANA (TCA) — President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, President of Iran Hassan Rouhani, President of Russia Vladimir Putin, and President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov will, at the invitation of Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev, take part in the fifth Caspian Summit to be held on August 12 in the Kazakh city of Aktau.

The agenda of the Summit contains three main items: 1. Legal status of the Caspian Sea; 2. Cooperation in the Caspian Sea in the areas of economy, transport, environment, protection of bioresources, and security; and 3. Regional and global issues, the Kazakh Foreign Ministry said on August 9.

By the end of the Summit, the sides plan to sign the main outcome document — Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea, which was finalized at the Caspian Foreign Ministers Meeting on December 4-5, 2017, in Moscow.

At the Summit, the governments of the Caspian States are also expected to sign a number of international treaties, such as three agreements on cooperation in the field of transport, on trade and economic cooperation, and in the field of avoiding incidents at Caspian Sea, as well as three protocols to the Agreement on Security Cooperation in the Caspian Sea, dated November 18, 2010, which concern the fight against organized crime, terrorism and interaction of border services of the Caspian States.

In addition, Aktau will host the Caspian Foreign Ministers Meeting prior to the Summit, on August 11.

Sergey Kwan

TCA