Baku to host special summit on implementation of Caspian Sea Convention on Feb19-20

Baku, Feb 9, IRNA – The first Summit of Caspian Sea littoral states working group focusing on implementation of the Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea will be held in Baku from February 19-20, Azerbaijan Republic Foreign Ministry announced on Friday.

Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea was signed by the leaders of Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan along with President Hassan Rouhani in the Kazakh port city of Aktau in August 2018.

At the end of the meeting, the leaders in a statement called for establishing a working group to work out a consultation mechanism to effectively implement the convention and explore avenues for cooperation in the world's largest enclosed body of water.

Baku is slated to host the first summit of working group on February 19 wherein issues enshrined in the convention as well as results of the Fifth Summit of Leaders of the Littoral States of the Caspian Sea are discussed.

Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkmenistan have tried to define the Caspian Sea’s legal status since the collapse of the Soviet Union, in order to divide up the waters and its natural resources for new drilling and pipelines.

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