The summit of the Caspian States in Astana may be held in the second half of 2018 - foreign office of Kazakhstan

The Caspian summit likely to take place in Astana in the second half of 2018, said Minister of foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Kairat Abdrakhmanov, INTERFAX-KAZAKHSTAN reports.

"Today we expect all parties to complete domestic procedures (agreement on the Convention on the legal status of the Caspian sea). After that, we will set specific dates for the holding of this summit. Most likely, these procedures will take quite a long time, a few months. Therefore, probably, if we are talking about the summit, it is necessary to talk about the second half of this year," K. Abdrakhmanov told reporters on Thursday on the sidelines of the Parliament of Kazakhstan.

He reminded that at the upcoming summit it is planned to sign the Convention on the legal status of the Caspian sea. The text of the Convention was provisionally agreed by the foreign Ministers of the Caspian States. "Now we are talking about technical work, in particular, the so-called reading of the texts so that each of the States in their official languages translated identical, authentic. Then there will be domestic procedures in order to obtain permission to sign this document," the foreign Minister of Kazakhstan said. "As you know, it will take some time," the Minister added.

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