Presidents of the five littoral states of the Caspian Sea will sign a convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea at the upcoming summit in Astana. The convention is currently resolving technical issues prior to the signing. According to experts, the final agreement on the legal status of the Caspian Sea meets the interests of all parties involved. Although the agreement has not been signed, the five states have cooperated in other areas such as security and resource protection.

KHIKMET GADZHIYEV, PRESS SECRETARY, FOREIGN MINISTRY OF AZERBAIJAN

 - The Caspian littoral countries have a certain juridical base. Nevertheless, the strategic topic is the convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea. I’m pleased to see that based on mutual cooperation, the participating countries have agreed on the main part of the document.

FIKRET SADYKHOV, AZERBAIJANI POLITICAL SCIENTIST:

- A definition of the legal status of the Caspian Sea is a very important aspect. I have no doubt that an important agreement will be adopted in Kazakhstan. In general, it is good that the draft of this convention has already been developed. This convention is submitted to the heads of the Caspian littoral states. This will contribute to cooperation and interaction in various areas between these states.

The Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea will help the coastal states combat various challenges, particularly in ensuring peace.  

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