0830 GMT January 29, 2020
“Iran has been one of the successful and leading countries in terms of confronting environmental issues.” UN Resident Coordinator Gary Lewis said on Wednesday, who has traveled to the south province of Khuzestan accompanied by a delegation of experts from a number of countries, IRNA reported.
He also added: “Iran has always met its obligations when it comes to environmental challenges.”
“The sand and dust storms issue is not just a provincial or national matter in a particular region, but it should be dealt as a global problem.”
“Ecosystem issues should not be approached as a political matter, but as a social crisis solutions need to be suggested.
“The UN approves Iran’s steps toward solutions regarding the dust storms and will be by Iran’s side in that respect.”
The cities of Ahvaz, Abadan and Khorramshahr in Khuzestan Province, which are near Iraq, are largely affected by dust storms.
Iran says dust storms originate in Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Syria, and has urged their authorities to address the problem.
Iran’s capital of Tehran hosted a conference on July 3-5 to discuss the problem of dust storms, which has plagued the country in recent years.