Baghdad/National News Center
The Minister of Water Resources, Mahdi Rashid Al-Hamdani, stressed the role of the international community to support Iraq in obtaining its water rights, stressing the need to share the damage in difficult periods with the riparian countries.
A statement by the Ministry of Water Resources, received by the National News Center, stated that "within the activities of the (Mediterranean Dialogues Forum 2021), the Minister of Water Resources, Mahdi Rashid Al-Hamdani, participated in the high-level session entitled (Clean Energy for All: Opportunities for Cooperation in the Middle East)."
During the forum’s activities, the minister stressed the need to confront the challenges of climate change and its negative effects on water resources, represented by the increasing periods of drought, the spread of desertification, high temperatures and lack of rain, with the increasing demand for energy and population growth, which necessitates the riparian countries to share the damage in difficult periods and to build bridges of cooperation. Exchanging data and reaching binding international understandings and agreements within the framework of international law and norms to guarantee the rights of countries, especially those located in the mouths of rivers, to ensure their access to water.”
He stressed "the importance of the international community's role in supporting Iraq to obtain its water rights, in light of the mentioned challenges and achieving sustainable development goals in light of the interrelationship between water, food and energy."