Tehran against militarization of Caspian Sea

Tehran, Feb 22, IRNA – Iran’s Ambassador to Russia Mehdi Sanaee said Saturday that Tehran is against militarization of the Caspian Sea since it could lead to creating tensions among littoral states.

Addressing a meeting on the Caspian Sea here, Sanaee said building military bases by other countries in the regional states should be also stopped as that would be a potential danger to the entire region.

He made the remarks while commenting on some unofficial reports on building a military base in one of the Caspian Sea littoral states so that US and NATO troops can reach Afghanistan.

Although the reports have not been confirmed yet, such moves are against regional security and common interests, said the ambassador, stressing the need for preventing foreign presence in the Caspian Sea region.

Noting that the next Caspian Sea summit would be held in Astrakhan, Russia, in 2014, the diplomat said three documents are to be inked by officials of the five Caspian Sea littoral states (Iran, Russia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan) during the event.

Sanaee further proposed establishment of a joint news agency by the Caspian Sea littoral countries.



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