Supreme Leader calls on next gov't to solve Khuzestan water problem

Tehran, IRNA - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei called on the upcoming government to do its best to resolve the water crisis of the southwestern province of Khuzestan.

Pointing to problems of people in Khuzestan province, he said that the issue of water shortage was one of the pressing problems in this southwestern province, so that responsible officials should make their utmost efforts in solving the problem.

The Supreme Leader made the remarks on Friday after receiving the second dose of an Iranian vaccine against COVID-19.

"These people should not have problems and if this problem had been addressed timely, such dire situation would not have happened," he added.

Ayatollah Khamenei also warned the people to be aware of plots hatched by enemies against the country, especially during the present time.

"Enemy is seeking to take advantage of any opportunity for its benefit while noble people of the country should adopt wise steps in line with foiling their conspiracies," he added.

On Thursday, President Hassan Rouhani stressed the need to respect the right of people to protest the harsh living conditions caused by draught and extreme heat.

In a phone conversation on Thursday, President Rouhani commanded the Governor General of Khuzestan province, Qassem Soleimani Dashtaki,  to use everything in his authority to mobilize facilities to speedily solve the problems faced by people living in this southwestern province.

He listened to the official's report on the situation in the province and measures taken to solve recent problems and pointed that it is very harsh for people to stand shortage of water in such high temperature as 50 degrees so it is a right for people to protest the current situation.

The President assured the "the good, patient and resilient people of the province" of the fact that his government hears their voice and protests and is doing its best to solve the water shortage problem very rapidly.

He said the current problems are due to the unprecedented drought in the country and the accumulation of remaining problems from previous years.

President Rouhani urged provincial authorities to respond quickly to the people and explain the reasons for the situation to them in a completely transparent and accurate way.

He further ordered the Governor General to take immediate action to resolve problems.

The President also noted that the visit of first vice president to the province on Friday serves to closely investigate the problems on his behalf.

There have been protests in some of Khuzestan province cities in recent days to lack of drinking and draught amid extreme heat.


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