Iran opposes foreign military presence in Caspian Sea

Tehran, Oct 1, IRNA - Iran expressed its opposition to any foreign military presence in the Caspian Sea, saying the body of water should provide peace and friendship for its littoral states. 

“Caspian Sea must be the sea of peace and friendship for its littoral states without the presence of any foreign military,” said Iran's President Hassan Rouhani in a meeting with Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev in the Armenian capital of Yerevan on Tuesday. 

Iran, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and Russia share Caspian Sea. 

He stressed that Caspian Sea Legal Regime should be fully and carefully implemented by all littoral states. 

President Rouhani is in Armenia to attend a Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) summit. 

The Iranian president told his Kazakh counterpart that Iran's accession to the Free Trade Zone (FTZ) with the EAEU will be the beginning of further development of ties with the regional entity’s member-states, including Kazakhstan.

The Iranian president praised Tehran-Nur-Sultan cooperation on International North-South Transit Corridor (INSTC), saying the multimodal transit and transport route has connected Persian Gulf to China. 

President Rouhani stressed that Iran seeks peace and stability in the region, noting that his government has proposed Hormuz Peace Endeavour (HOPE) to reach this goal. 

Iran seeks the security of navigation in the Persian Gulf, the Sea of Oman and international waters. 

Kazakh president stated that his country is eager to further develop ties with Iran. 

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev welcomed Iran’s accession to the EAEU FTZ, saying it will boost its objectives.

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