[size=36]Water Resources: Activating a memorandum with Turkey that allows obtaining a full water quota[/size]
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, Minister of Water Resources, Mahdi Rashid Al-Hamdani, confirmed, on Saturday, the activation of a memorandum with Turkey that allows obtaining a full water quota.
Al-Hamdani said in his speech at the “Water Security Conference is one of the most important pillars of national security,” that “the ministry was able to activate the memorandum of understanding from Turkey, which was signed in 2009 and amended in 2014, and it allows Iraq to obtain a full share,” noting that “ There is a joint committee with Turkey based in Iraq to coordinate the water issue."
He noted that "the water coming from Iran, even if it is 15%, as water imports, greatly affects Diyala province, because the province is completely nourished by Iranian water."
He added, "The water crisis is not a ministry crisis, but rather a country crisis as a whole, and we hope that everyone will continue to pay attention to the water file," stressing that "
Al-Hamdani added that "the upstream countries took advantage of the Iraqi situation after 2003 and established many projects, especially since more than 90,%, of the water resources originate outside Iraq," noting that "the great development and increase in population growth carried additional burdens to the ministry by securing drinking water." and agriculture.”
He explained that "security and water are closely linked, and that dealing with the water file is very sensitive," noting that "the ministry has developed a strategic study in partnership with all state institutions until 2035, and this study needs a lot of money, and the state's financial situation cannot bear that." Ended 29/A43