Nairobi(IP): The Vice President and Head of the Department of Environment of Iran called for the use of the valuable experiences of the University of Tehran and Sultan Qaboos University of Oman on environmental issues in the region.

Iran PressAfrica: Ali Salajegheh, Vice-President and Head of Department of Environment of Iran, met with  his Omani counterpart "Abdullah bin Ali," Chairman  of the Environment Authority of the Sultanate of Oman, on the sidelines of the 5th UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya, stating that Iran has valuable experiences and knowledge in various sectors of the marine environment, humans, and wetlands, adding: "Inadequate development has led to the loss of biodiversity and soil and water pollution."

Acknowledging Oman's constructive and peaceful role in the region and the world, the head of Iran's Department of Environment added: "Iran and Oman, the two countries, can adopt common positions on reducing fossil fuels."

Referring to the cooperation between Iran and Oman under the Regional Organization for the Protection of the Marine Environment (ROPME), Salajegheh emphasized activating the capacities of this organization.

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Referring to the deep and historical relations between Iran and Oman, the head of the Environmental Authority of the Sultanate of Oman said: "The two countries are one land, and the Sultanate of Oman attaches great importance to relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran."

Earlier on Thursday, Salajegheh, on the sidelines of the 5th UN Environment Summit in Nairobi, Kenya, met Keriako Tobiko, the Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for Environment, and said that valuable training programs for experts and environmentalists have been held in Kenya in recent years, adding: "Iran is interested in continuing this exchange of environmental knowledge and training of rangers to protect wildlife."

Tobiko stressed the possibility of exchanging environmental experiences with the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The Fifth United Nations Environment Assembly was held in Nairobi, the headquarters of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), with ministers and high-ranking officials from 193 UN member states.


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