[size=52]Baghdad and Ankara... an imminent agreement on water quotas[/size]
[size=45][You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] Baghdad: Mustafa Majid
Today, Thursday, the technical delegation from the Ministry of Water Resources will end the negotiations with the Turkish side, which began on the 21st of this month in Istanbul, to produce equitable results with the Turkish side that guarantee the country's rights to water resources.
The talks are likely to conclude with an agreement to set fixed water quotas for the country for the Tigris and Euphrates rivers within a protocol approved by the Iraqi Council of Ministers months ago and officially handed over to the Turkish side, in addition to an agreement on “sharing the damage” to the shared rivers during the drought years and the water scarcity they impose.
The official spokesman for the ministry, Ali Radi, told Al-Sabah: "The technical delegation of the ministry carried three main files to negotiate about, the first of which is to provide Iraq with urgent water launches, and the second is to discuss the protocol for cooperation in the field of water approved by the Iraqi Council of Ministers, and to discuss the establishment of the specialized research center water and shared between the two countries.
He added, "The third file of the talks is related to (harm sharing) between the two countries during the drought seasons and the water scarcity they impose, and thus joint cooperation between the two countries in a way that guarantees fixed water quotas for Iraq to ensure its exit from the crisis without affecting its need of water, whether for drinking or for the sector. agricultural and other needs.
Specialists in water and agricultural affairs stress the importance of Iraq guaranteeing fixed, specific and unambiguous water rights, since the agricultural sector in it is an important and vital tributary, as 70% of its people depend on it, directly or indirectly, and the need to raise its effective contribution to support the national economy.