Parliament is waving to pass a law criminalizing trade exchange with Turkey and Iran over water
Al-Zamili said in a press conference held at the Ministry of Water Resources building and attended by Shafak News Agency correspondent, that "if Turkey and Iran continue to cut off water from Iraq, we will be forced in Parliament to issue a law criminalizing trade and economic exchange with them as a response to their actions."
He stressed that Iran had completely cut off the waters from Iraq, and four rivers from them flow into Iraq, and their course has been changed into Iran.
He also pointed out that the volume of Iraq's imports from Turkey amounted to 20 billion dollars, and with Iran it amounted to 16 billion dollars, while Iraq has no exports to these two countries.
Al-Zamili stated that "there is no deterrence and there is no commitment to agreements, and it is expected that the two countries will completely cut off water from Iraq due to the lack of rain."
He pointed out that "we may have to legislate a law criminalizing trade exchange with these countries and their companies, just as we have legislated a law criminalizing dealing with Israel," noting that "Turkey refused to negotiate with Iraq on this file, and Iran did not negotiate and ignore Iraq."
He continued by saying that the Iraqi Foreign Ministry has shortcomings in this file, as it has not submitted any protest note to Turkey or international organizations, and its protest is sometimes timid and it does not yet have an ambassador in Turkey officially and it has shortcomings, pointing out that "we will have a position on The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is under the dome of Parliament.
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