PMO News Portal – Abdollah Jafari, Director of International
Agreement in Ports and Maritime Organization of Iran, stated that Iran proposed
the commercial shipping agreement to four countries of Kazakhstan, Russia,
Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan for the first time in 2015. The said agreement was
finalized between Iran and Kazakhstan in 2017 and was approved by Kazakhstan.
He noted that this bill will be implemented by the Ports and
Maritime Organization and we hope to accelerate the approval process by the
government as soon as possible to reach the operational stage.
Jafari added that Iran and Kazakhstan had this agreement with
the intention of strengthening and expanding relations between the two
countries in the field of maritime transport in the Caspian Sea on the basis of
freedom of shipping and in accordance with the principles of equality of
interests and mutual assistance.
Concerning the areas of cooperation of this agreement, Director
of International Agreement of PMO expressed that creation of appropriate
conditions for effective use of the ports of the Caspian Sea, provision of
safety and security in the Caspian Sea for ships, crew, cargo and passengers,
the necessity of environmental protection in the Caspian Sea. , Emphasizing on
the training programs for the relevant port and shipping activities of the
Contracting Parties, developing relationships and exchanges of experience in
the economic, scientific and technical fields and maritime transport in the Caspian
Sea are among the areas of Cooperation in the Caspian Sea between Iran and Kazakhstan.
Iranian lawmakers ratified the bill on a commercial shipping
agreement in the Caspian Sea between Iran and Kazakhstan with 156 votes in
favor, 4 against and 2 in abstentions.