Iraq intends to conclude contracts for water with neighboring countries
BAGHDAD / Sabah
stressed President Fuad Masum , the determination of Baghdad , the conclusion of new contracts for water with neighboring countries.
While pointed out that abuses have hurt the economy, and Water Resources Minister Hassan al - Janabi , pointed out that the Mosul dam maintenance are tripartite partnership, pointing out that safety is better than the former.
He said Masum, during a seminar held by the Ministry of Water Resources under the slogan (enhancing the safety of dam city of Mosul , a national priority) that "Iraq plans to conclude new agreements with the water resources of neighboring countries to ensure that water rights and guarantee dividing Water acceptable among riparian countries on the basis of international norms and conventions , " adding that "Iraq agreed with Turkey on activating the memorandum of understanding signed in 2014 in the field of water."
He said the president was "have permanent work to deliver the voice of Iraq to the relevant international forums to defend the rights and interests of water and an end to the abuse on legitimate rights , which has damaged the economy, including agriculture and fisheries, livestock and contributed to the transformation of our country to the importer of food dramatically after it was productive and a source for it." while male and water resources Minister Hassan al - Janabi, in a symposium, " the rehabilitation and maintenance of the dam being a three parties including the partnership of the Ministry of water resources as well as the company (Travel Italian) , which was contracted to maintain, and the Corps of engineers Americans supervisors of the dam , " adding , "it was enhance the safety of the dam through several means , including open the gate guard and renew Overstuffing tunnel, complete the import and installation of injection and Overstuffing. "
He said al - Janabi said " the safety of the dam better than before, especially after the international posts in the maintenance of which is the use of the best way to administer it, " noting that " the dam represents 31 percent of Alkhoznip power in Iraq."
Janabi said that "neighbors began since the eighties create major dams networks led to diminishing water imports and entered Iraq wars, violence and disputes with neighboring countries and neglected agricultural and water priorities of the country , and Iraq has become a net importer of food for more than 70 percent of the market needs."
Iraq has suffered from lack of water in the Tigris and Euphrates rivers because of lack of water releases from Turkey and Iran, which affected agriculture and livestock dramatically.
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