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01/27/08

Iran, Iraq sign agreement on environment protection

Tehran, Jan 27, IRNA - Iranian and Iraqi officials signed an eight- article agreement on cooperation in the field of environment protection.

The document was inked by head of Iran's Department of Environment, Fatemeh Vaez-Javadi, and Iraqi Minister of Environment Nermin Othman in Tehran.

Speaking to reporters prior to signing the agreement, the Iranian official said the document would facilitate Tehran-Baghdad cooperation for further protection of their natural resources.

According to the document, the two parties are required to cooperate on industrial pollution control, enforce ban on hunting along Iran-Iraq borders and campaign against wildlife epidemic diseases, she added.

The minister said that promotion of ecotourism, reviewing soil, water and air pollution caused by exploitation of oil fields as well as environmental damage caused by wars formed other topics of the agreement.

Meanwhile, the Iraqi minister said, for his part, that the two parties shared common views on environmental issues.

He hoped that promotion of security in Iraq would help further protect of natural resources in that country.

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