Turkiye rejects Iranian media claims blaming Turkish dams for pollution, sand storms

Desert dust blown in from Africa, Middle East cause sand, dust storms in region, says Turkish official

Burak Bir   | 12.05.2022
Turkiye rejects Iranian media claims blaming Turkish dams for pollution, sand storms


Turkiye on Thursday rejected claims made in Iranian media outlets that Turkish dams were the cause of severe air pollution and sand storms in Iran.

"Claims that dams in Turkiye caused sand and dust storms in our region are far from being scientific," Foreign Ministry spokesman Tanju Bilgic said, according to a statement.

Asserting that sand and dust storms are universally accepted to be largely natural phenomena, Bilgic said the main cause of the storms affecting Turkiye and Iran were desert dust blown in from Africa and the Middle East.

"Land destruction, deforestation, desertification, and drought triggered by climate change also increase these storms," he added.

Every country must do its part and take action for the sustainable use of water and soil resources to prevent sand and dust storms, as well as to mitigate their negative effects, underlined the official.

These problems cannot realistically be solved if Tehran blames Turkiye for such issues, he said.

Ankara "sees issues related to water from a purely humanitarian perspective," Bilgic underlined, and believes that transboundary waters are an element of cooperation rather than conflict between riparian countries.

Turkiye is open to any rational and scientific cooperation with Iran on this issue, he added.

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