11:27 - 12-01-2022
Today, Thursday, the Minister of Water Resources, Aoun Diab, announced the ministry's measures to resolve the water file with neighboring countries, and to benefit from the rains after they provided good quantities of water.
Diab said, "Good quantities of water were available from the Lower Zab River after concentrated rains fell in Sulaymaniyah, and quantities of it were transported, and its signs began to reach the Tigris River and will be released towards the Samarra Dam."
He explained, "This rainy wave will have a positive effect by improving the marsh areas in the south and the salty tongue in the Shatt al-Arab, but it takes quite a bit of time, about two weeks, for it to reach the south to benefit from its positive impact, especially after the southern regions witnessed a deadly drought in the seasons." whether in the marshes, rivers or the Shatt al-Arab region.
The minister expected, "Good rains will fall during the current season, which gives an opportunity to improve the situation in the south at the present time," adding: "With an emphasis on the fact that the situation, if it improves for the better, will give time to focus on addressing water scarcity radically, as it is a basic and strategic issue." It cannot be crossed."
He stressed, "The fall of rain does not mean that we raise the white flag, but rather the need to work towards defining points of understanding with neighboring countries, especially the Turkish side, because sharing the damage must be at a time of need, not a time of abundance."
He noted that "the Turkish position at the time of need during the past months was negative, and this is indicated by numbers," stressing, "Work on the file in order to achieve a continuous flow on the Syrian-Turkish border at the agreed rates, and on the Syrian-Iraqi border for the arrival of quantities according to previously applied measurements." .
He pointed out that "there are several issues and agreements with international organizations and many ambassadors and those interested in the water file, and there are many points and opinions for cooperation in this aspect," pointing out that "there are some organizations that have the desire to work in the southern marshes, and the Ministry supports them, including the FAO and other organizations." and other international organizations that wish to support Iraq in the great danger it is exposed to in the field of climate change.
He stressed, "Working to impose great cooperation in the future through more ideas and benefiting from global expertise in this field and improving performance in the field of rationalizing water and preserving its optimal use, which is the most important aspect that the ministry seeks."
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