[size=36]An Iraqi - Syrian - Turkish agreement to hold a joint meeting to discuss water releases[/size]
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Ministry of Water Resources revealed, today, Monday, its plans to manage water distributions and prepare for the next agricultural season, while confirming that an agreement had been reached to hold an Iraqi-Syrian-Turkish meeting to discuss water releases.
The ministry's spokesman, Ali Radi, said, "Discussions and technical meetings with the Turkish and Syrian sides are continuing in the context of securing the water releases of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers," noting that "there are a number of technical and virtual meetings to reach the main points to discuss water scarcity, and the last meeting with the Syrian side. The agreement included holding an Iraqi-Syrian-Turkish tripartite meeting.
He explained, that there are "continuous correspondences with the Iranian side to discuss joint water launches and rivers," adding: "There was supposed to be a visit to meet the Iranian side, but it coincided with the Iranian elections."
On the other hand, Radi pointed out that "the ministry is in the process of preparing for the preparation of the agricultural plan and all files are present to develop the appropriate plan for the next season," noting that "the plan relies on several data, including the nature of the water year, revenue expectations, and the provision of water storage in dams and reservoirs."
He continued, "The ministries of agriculture and water resources depend on the reports received from their directorates in the governorates, and the sum of this information is present in the joint committees between the two ministries and in the presence of the Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture and Water Resources, and through those meetings, the seasonal agricultural plan is approved."
He stated, "Despite the decrease in rain and water releases at a rate of 50 percent compared to last year, the storage achieved in 2019 secured the needs of the current summer and next winter season, as the reservoirs and their water content were utilized."
He stated, "there are plans with the ministry to manage water distributions and water releases, and this contributed to preserving water storage and not wasting it," noting that "within the ministry's strategic study, there are a group of dams for water harvesting, which are spread across the country, especially the eastern and western sides."
He stressed, "There is an actual start in the construction of the Makhoul dam, in addition to the restoration of work in the Badush dam, especially since the ministry worked on it in the past, but it stopped for security and economic reasons, as 40 percent of it has been completed, and it is a subject within the ministry's plans and the available allocations." next year in order to start it.
On the other hand, the ministry’s spokesman indicated to “the support of the Prime Minister, the Supreme Judicial Council, the security authorities, the operations command and local governments in the governorates, and the launch of campaigns in all governorates to remove abuses on the banks of rivers and on river sections and approaches, as well as abuses on water quotas.” Ended 29 / A87