Today, Saturday, the Minister of Water Resources, Mahdi Rashid Al-Hamdani, held a meeting in the building of the Directorate of Water Resources in Al-Muthanna Governorate, which included the Deputy Governor and a number of general managers and directors of the directorates of water resources in the governorates of Babil, Diwaniyah and Muthanna to follow up on water releases to the governorates located on the two rivers.
The minister stressed, according to a statement by his media office, received by the “National News Center”, on “the need for concerted efforts between the ministry and local governments in the governorates to ensure the delivery of water quotas to everyone and fairly,” noting that “the ministry has taken effective measures to secure the irrigation of a good agricultural area during the winter agricultural season.” The next two seasons have witnessed success that has not been achieved for years, despite the water scarcity conditions.”
He added, "In light of the continued decline of rains in Iraq and the region, the ministry has taken several measures to reduce the effects of water scarcity," calling on everyone to "understand the current situation," directing "to intensify the purification of streams and rivers to deliver water to the deputies."
And the Minister of Water Resources stated that "the abuses on the water quotas will greatly affect the governorates located in the governorates, and that the ministry will not allow the encroachment on the water quotas for the governorates," noting that "we are proceeding to remove all abuses."
Minister al-Hamdani continued, "The memorandum of understanding signed between the Republic of Iraq and the Republic of Turkey entered into force after the approval of the Turkish Parliament and the President of the Turkish Republic, and the importance of the memorandum of understanding lies in the fact that it guarantees a fair water share for Iraq, and with regard to the Iranian side, we did not find any cooperation and we hope that the neighbor Iran will sit down." to the negotiating table to reach understandings to obtain Iraq’s water share.”
The statement added that "the visit of the Minister of Water Resources to Al-Muthanna Governorate included reviewing the work of the Al-Suwayr pumping station, directed to its maintenance to ensure the sustainability of water delivery to all those who deserve it and in fairness."
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