TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and President of the United Nations General Assembly Miroslav Lajcak discussed a range of issues in a meeting Friday at the UN headquarters in New York.

Iran’s top diplomat and the UNGA chief talked about developments at the UN body and the upcoming High-Level Meeting on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace.

They also weighed plans for a high-level meeting in July on tackling dust pollution, given the fact that Iran is grappling with that problem.

Iranian residents in the western and southwestern provinces that border Iraq are facing a growing trend in the influx of fine particles, which are generated by drought-hit marshlands in neighboring countries.

The disruptive dust storms have pushed pollution in those border areas to alarming levels, raising health concerns.

The particles, carried by winds, can penetrate the lungs and enter the bloodstream, causing serious diseases such as lung cancer, asthma and heart problems.