Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Syria start cooperation on environment-meteorology

Turkey and its neighbors agreed to work together on protection of environment, forestation, preventing dust generation and fight against forest fires.

Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Syria start cooperation on environment-meteorology

Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria have launched cooperation on environment and meteorology.

Turkey and its neighbors agreed to work together on protection of environment, forestation, preventing dust generation and fight against forest fires.

Officials of four countries --Turkish Environment & Forestry Minister Veysel Eroglu, Iraqi Environment Minister Nermin Othman, Iran's Vice President for Environmental Protection Mohammad Javad Mohammadizadeh and Syrian Minister of State for Environmental Affairs Kawkab Dayeh-- gathered in the Turkish capital on Thursday for the "Ankara Declaration", which will be announced at the end of two-day meetings to set an outline of cooperation.

Eroglu said that cooperation of these four countries would be expanded in a way to cover United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and even countries in North Africa. He said Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Syria agreed to draft a two-year action plan, adding that a meteorological data bank would be established prior to creation of an early warning system.

"Especially, dust formation is a major problem in the region that cause economic and health problems, even deaths. We have fully agreed to make every possible effort to fight it," Eroglu said.

Ministers of four countries also urged help from international organizations, such as the United Nations, for their cooperation launched in Ankara.


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