Iran Hosts Caspian Sea Conference

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The Center for political and international research of the Iranian foreign ministry organized June 22-23 the 7th international conference "Caspian Sea: Opportunities & Impedimen’s." The conference was attended by 75 top representatives of state–diplomatic and oil circles of different countries.

The inauguration session was chaired by president of Iran Kamal Kharazi. The conference addressed issues–pertaining to investmen’s in the Caspian Sea oil fields development–regional economic and political cooperation–environment protection and security.

Armenia was represented at the conference by deputy foreign minister of Armenia Armen Baybourdian and executive director of the Armenian International and National Studies Center Arshavir Gaboujian.

Gaboujian addressed the conference–which was organized by the Center for International Studies at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran.

In his speech–Gaboujian said that the Caspian Sea issue "should be shifted onto a broader plane," due to the major security concerns of littoral states. He noted that all attempts of Caspian states "to settle Caspian Sea issues proceed from their own interests."

The conference was also attended by representatives from United States–Canada–Europe–Asia and the Far East.

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