Iran, Qatar ink environmental agreement
Iran and Qatar has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to preserve the environment and prevent smuggling of animals and birds, PressTV reported.
The MoU was inked by the head of Iran's Department of Environment, Mohamed Javad Mohammadi-Zadeh, and Qatari Minister of Environment Abdullah Bin Mubarak Bin A'boud al-Mahdadhi in southern Iranian city of Kerman on Wednesday.
The main articles of the agreement are "preventing smuggling of birds, protecting wild animals and stopping activities destroying environment," said Mohammadi-Zadeh.
He added that the two sides also agreed to increase their consultations in international levels regarding the environment issues.
Al-Mahdadhi, for his part, said that according to the agreement "we are interested in breeding some kind of birds."
Earlier this year, Tehran and Doha also signed a similar agreement to be involved in a number of environmental areas such as managing green reserves, plant growth and animal husbandry.
They agreed to cooperate in management of coastal areas, desertification control and exchanging expertise between the two countries.
In a sign of environment cooperation, Iran got a pair of Arabian Oryxes from Qatar earlier this year in exchange for a pair of Persian fallow deer.