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Iran facing economic terrorism, will accept environmental commitments if sanctions lifted: Envoy tells COP26

Ali Salajegheh, head of Iranian Department of Environment. Photo: IRNA

Glasgow, Nov 10 (MNN) The Iranian envoy to the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) said said that his country is facing “economic terrorism” and that US’ “cruel sanctions are affecting Iranian efforts in dealing with climate change”.

Tehran will accept environmental commitments if all anti-Iran sanctions are lifted,  asserted Ali Salajegheh, head of Department of Environment (DOE).

In his address to the COP26 participants, he claimed that Iran is facing economic terrorism when it comes to global cooperation and partners at the international level, Iranian news agency IRNA reported.

The official emphasized that Iran under Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei’s guidance stood with other nations in fighting climate change and global warming.

He questioned why some states like Iran faced coercive measures which not only imposed agony on nations but also overshadowed international strides to overcome climate change for the benefit of all human being.

Salajegheh, head of the Iranian delegation, arrived in Glasgow on Monday and met with other heads of delegations and international bodies on the sidelines of the summit.

The 2021 COP26 kicked off on Sunday in the presence of thousands of leaders and representatives from 200 countries in Scotland. The participants discuss the most important challenges concerning climate change and environmental crises.

Salajegheh pointed to President Ebrahim Raisi’s keenness to take part in the international event, but could not due to busy schedule during his first months of his tenure.

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