The Turkish ambassador exonerates his country and holds Iraq responsible for the drought: Water is greatly wasted
Shafaq News/ On Tuesday, the Turkish ambassador in Baghdad, Ali Reza Günay, blamed Iraq for the drought that the country is suffering from due to "wasting" water and not using it optimally, denying that his country cut off water and changed the course of rivers.
"Water is greatly wasted in Iraq, and immediate measures must be taken to reduce this waste, and solving the drought problem is not by asking for more water, but by using it efficiently, and we are ready to help," Gunay said in tweets on Twitter, followed by Shafak News.
He added, "Infrastructure investments must be made and Turkish companies are ready for this, and Turkey, by its nature, uses water to meet its requirements in agriculture and energy."
He pointed out that "drought is not only the problem of Iraq, but the problem of Turkey and our entire region as a result of global warming, and there will be more droughts in the coming years."
Günay considered that "the most effective way to combat this problem is not to demand more water from Turkey, but to use the available water in the most efficient way with the aim of rationalizing water consumption."
He stressed the necessity of "modernizing irrigation systems and abandoning primitive irrigation that causes waste of water."
Günay denied that Turkey "changes the course of the rivers and does not cut off their waters," noting that "Turkey is not a water-rich country despite that, and as our President said: Water is a blessing from God. We will not deprive our Iraqi brothers of this blessing."
The Turkish ambassador concluded by saying, "It is important for Iraq to do its duty correctly."
Iraq suffers from water scarcity in rivers as well as rain and droughts due to upstream countries (Turkey and Iran) cutting and reducing its share of water, in addition to climate change.
The Iraqi Ministry of Water Resources asserts on several occasions that 85% of the water entering Iraqi territory through the Tigris and Euphrates rivers comes from Turkey, which has not committed to releasing the water quota set for Iraq.
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