Iraq Faces Water Crisis If No Deal With Turkey, Official Warns

January 12, 2021 at 9:00 a.m

Iraq’s Minister of Water Resources, Mehdi Rashid Al-Hamdani, warned yesterday that his country will face a water crisis if it does not reach an agreement with Turkey, reported the New Khaleej.

Al-Hamdani stressed the importance of ending the water issue with Turkey, reported the news website of Al-Arabiya TV saying, “Turkey wants two months to study this issue.”

In July 2020, Iraq’s Ministry of Agriculture warned that the country’s agricultural sector would be adversely affected if a solution to the water crisis with Turkey is not found.

The Tigris and Euphrates are considered Iraq’s main water resources, but water levels have declined in recent years due to dams being built by upstream countries Turkey and Iran.

In September 2020, the Foreign Relations Committee of the Iraqi Parliament formed a delegation led by Al-Hamdani to negotiate the water issue with neighboring countries.

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