Fresh Drive to Promote Regional Diplomacy

Fresh Drive to Promote Regional DiplomacyFresh Drive to Promote Regional Diplomacy

The calendar of Iranian diplomats has been marked with various meetings aimed at boosting regional cooperation in the first month of the new Iranian year (started on March 20).

As the Iranian ambassador in Baku, Mohsen Pakaeen, said on Saturday Iran will host three meetings in the coming two weeks.

"The schedule includes a trilateral foreign ministerial meeting involving Iran, Turkey and Azerbaijan, talks at the same level among Iran, Russia and Azerbaijan and a meeting of deputy foreign ministers of the five countries bordering Caspian Sea," Pakaeen was quoted as saying by Fars News Agency.

Tehran-Baku-Ankara discussions will be held in the northern city of Iran, Ramsar, on April 5.

Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry spokesman, Khikmet Gadzhiev, explained the agenda to reporters on Friday.

"Issues of regional cooperation, the drive against international terrorism, discussions about transit freight and development of cooperation in the political sphere, are on the meeting's agenda," Gadzhiev was quoted as saying by Sputnik.

Two days after this meeting on April 7, Iran, along with Russia and Azerbaijan, will explore new ways of protecting peace and stability in the region and strengthening ties in the fields of transit, trade and energy in Baku.

Pakaeen highlighted the importance of the meetings and described them as both "innovative" and "necessary" diplomatic measures to help develop collaboration in the fields of transportation, energy and security.

The Iranian envoy said Ebrahim Rahimpour, deputy foreign minister for Asia-Pacific affairs, will be Tehran's representative at the Caspian Sea meeting in Baku.

Deputy foreign ministers of Caspian states, namely Iran, Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, will make efforts to develop a legal regime aimed at protecting the interests of the five countries.   

The leaders of littoral states have already held four summits to resolve legal issues. The last of them held in the Russian city of Astrakhan in September 2014 was more significant than previous summits held in Turkmenistan in 2002, Iran in 2007 and Azerbaijan in 2010 as the parties managed to come to broad agreements on how to share the resource-rich body of water.