Iran ready to cooperate with West Asian states to control dust storms
Iran announced on Tuesday preparedness to cooperate with other West Asian states to control the pollution caused by dust particles and storms.
Director-General of the Iranian Foreign Ministry for International Environment Affairs Seyyed Ali Mohammad Mousavi made the remarks, addressing a UN meeting in New York to find practical solutions to fight against this global problem.
He said that the problem of dust storms is an extra-territorial issue, adding that most of the pollution comes to Iran from the neighboring states.
Also, addressing the conference, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) Erik Solheim referred to his visits to Iranian capital Tehran and southwestern city of Ahwaz, two highly-polluted Iranian cities, and underscored the need for global action at the UN to control dust storms.
Iraq, whose environment has sustained heavy damages during the US-led war, is one of the main sources of dust storms in Iran.