Iran abdicates responsibility for cutting off water from Iraq: Drought is a global crisis
Shafaq News/ The former Iranian ambassador to Baghdad, Iraj Masjedi, denied on Wednesday that Tehran had cut off water from Iraq for political reasons or for interests and benefits, stressing that water scarcity is a global crisis that most countries suffer from, including Iran.
Masjedi said in a television interview, broadcast by the Kurdish Kurdish channel, Kurdistan News, and seen by Shafak News Agency, in response to a question about officials in the Iraqi government and the Kurdistan Region accusing Iran of waging a "water war" on Iraq, that "everyone knows that there is a global problem of water shortage that suffers." Including most countries of the world.
He added, "It is natural that this problem will have its effects on the region, including Iraq and Iran, and the countries of the region are all facing drought and water shortages, but Iran has never prevented water from Iraq and the Kurdistan Region."
He attributed the reason to "low water levels, and this matter is not in the hands of the Islamic Republic, but rather it is a situation that has imposed itself on the whole region. For example, the Zayandeh Road in Isfahan is one of the largest rivers in Iran, but go and look at it now, it has completely dried up."
Masjedi pointed out that "the rivers between Iraq and Iran flow naturally, and the more rains, the higher the water levels in them, and vice versa, as happened in previous years. Therefore, Iran has no moral, legal or legal shortcomings."
He stressed, "Iran has not prevented water from Iraq, and there is no political goal or governmental will to cut off water from Iraq, so I call on officials in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region to negotiate seriously with the Iranian authorities regarding water in a friendly atmosphere in order to better manage the water file and to obtain More water is obtained through planning and cooperation between the two sides, and I say that Iran is ready for more cooperation in this regard and will never increase water with Iraq.
Iraq is suffering from a "water war" waged against it by upstream countries, Iran and Turkey, which feed the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, which are two main sources of water in Iraq. Iraqi officials in the federal government as well as in the Kurdistan Region have previously stated that Iran and Turkey are using the "water weapon" to pressure Iraq.
On several occasions, Iraqi officials concerned with the water file confirmed that Iran had cut off the water tributaries that feed the Tigris River, starting from the Lower Zab in Kirkuk, passing through the Sirwan River in Diyala, to central and southern Iraq.
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