Iranian president heads to Kazakhstan for Caspian states summit

Source: Xinhua| 2018-08-12 19:04:15|Editor: mmm
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TEHRAN, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday left Tehran for the Kazakh city of Aktau to attend the 5th summit of the Caspian states, Tasnim news agency reported.

Speaking to reporters before flying to Aktau, Rouhani said the Caspian summit is of great significance, as it would make decision on a long-awaited principal convention.

A number of critical issues like the boundaries in the Caspian Sea would be discussed in the meetings, while a step forward in the Caspian summit will be the demarcation of the fishing zones and shipping routes, he noted.

Apart from the Caspian convention, the parties will sign a number of other agreements on trade, transport, joint fight against terrorism and organized crimes, and cooperation among border guards, Rouhani revealed.

The president also said the summit would include talks on energy industry, oil extraction from the Caspian Sea, as well as oil and gas swap.

Besides, he pointed to the significance of a major railroad corridor connecting eastern parts of the Caspian Sea to Iran, the Caucasus and Europe.

Rouhani will hold meetings with his Kazakh counterpart and a number of other dignitaries during his trip.

The Caspian Sea is the largest enclosed water body on the Earth by area, with shared borders between Iran, Azerbaijan, Russia, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan.