Putin to Visit Iran

A02470989.jpgRussian President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to pay a visit to Tehran this fall to attend a summit of the Caspian Sea littoral states. Earlier Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that he had extended a relevant invitation to his Russian counterpart during a meeting on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in the Kyrgyz capital city of Bishkek last week.

Foreign ministers of the Caspian Sea littoral states in a meeting in Tehran on June 20 prepared a draft statement for the upcoming summit and agreed to announce their desired date for the meeting of the heads of states in a short while.

The foreign ministers also said they were confident that the upcoming summit would give rise to a fresh movement for developing relations and boosting multilateral cooperation among the said states.

In their meeting, the foreign ministers of the littoral states also studied a draft convention prepared by their deputies on the Caspian Sea legal regime, and reiterated that the talks – which they described as “positive” – should continue.

The ministers also said they were satisfied to see that the convention on the framework of the Caspian Sea Environmental Protection (Tehran Convention) has been put into effect, and called for the rapid compilation of complementary protocols.

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