Relation Iran - Turkmenistan improving

Jan 24, 1999 01:00 AM

Iran's First Vice President Hassan Habibi called for an early determination of the legal regime of Caspian Sea, based on the consensus of all littoral states.
Habibi made the appeal at a meeting with visiting Turkmen Deputy Primer in charge of Transportation Affairs Khudaykuly Khalykov.
The longer it takes for the issue to be settled, the higher the chance for foreigners to intervene in the region, he warned, adding that Iran and Turkmenistan share common view on the issue.

The five Caspian littoral states - Iran, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Russia and Azerbaijan - have different view on how to exploit the natural resources in the world largest inland water after the discovery of oil and gas reserves there.
Most of them demanded a division of the sea into national sectors, but Iran has been persistent in its proposal of common ownership governing the sea.

Habibi expressed satisfaction with the expansion of Iran-Turkmenistan ties. He called for broadening of bilateral co-operation in various fields, particularly in transportation, which plays an important role in international trade.
The two countries should take advantage of the opportunity to find their places in the region, he added.
Khalykov said that bilateral co-operation in rail and air transportation between the two countries are expanding and Turkmenistan attaches great importance to its relations with Iran.
He noted that Iran is the most economical and appropriate route for good from Central Asian countries to reach international markets.

Source: Xinhua
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