Publishe Date: 12:29 PM - 4/29/2017 | Print

Water diplomacy, inseparable part of foreign policy: Deputy FM

Politics - Deputy foreign minister for legal and international affairs says that the countries in water basin have no choice but cooperation, stressing that water diplomacy is an inseparable part of foreign policy and interaction between nations.

Abbas Araqchi made the remarks here on Saturday at the first Virtual Water International Conference (VWIC).

Expressing satisfaction over holding the VWIC, Araqchi said it indicates that everybody feels the common concern for the issue of water.

The senior diplomat expressed hope that the Tehran conference would find the practical ways within the framework of the sustainable development to solve the problems related to water.

Most of the countries today, he noted, are on the verge of Water Stress, the situation which will internationally, regionally and nationally cause social, economic and political problems.

As the UN Sustainable Development Goals stresses that “clean, accessible water for all is an essential part of the world,” all should reach a common understanding about the future development which depends on improvement of the situation of water through going into the proper scientific ways.

The senior Iranian diplomat described the water crisis as cause of backwardness of humans as well as instability and conflicts among all humans.

Araqchi said at the conference that fostering public awareness on the issue of water is a global responsibility which should be shouldered by all even the countries which have no such a problem.

Still, he went on to say, the issue of water is a key element of the countries’ foreign policy.

The senior diplomat further noted that water mismanagement will put the countries’ development in danger and make the regional and international stability and security face serious challenges.

As Araqchi said, the diplomatic skill in peacefully solving the disagreements will play a leading role in implementation of the water policy.

Araqchi, at the end of his speech, expressed hope that the Tehran conference on water would open new horizons for the sustainable water resources.

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