Tomorrow.. Al-Sudani will visit Turkey at the head of a high-ranking delegation
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Shatha al-Janabi and Raghad Daham
Prime Minister Muhammad Shia al-Sudani will visit Turkey tomorrow, Tuesday, accompanied by a high-level technical delegation. The water file will be at the forefront of the talks between the two countries, and will also include issues of borders and economic cooperation.
The Minister of Water Resources, Aoun Diab Abdullah, said, in an interview with "Al-Sabah": "He recently met with the Turkish ambassador accredited to Baghdad, Muhammad Reza Konay, coinciding with the departure of Prime Minister Muhammad Shia' al-Sudani tomorrow, Tuesday, to Ankara, accompanied by a high-level technical delegation, and he will be ( Abdullah), including him, to discuss common files of borders, water and economic cooperation between the two countries.
He stated that he presented, during his meeting with the ambassador, "the water scarcity that Iraq is currently going through at the level of water imports from neighboring countries, especially Turkey, as it is the first supplier of it, in addition to the country's low water reserves, which he warned will turn into a disaster during the coming summer." Stressing "the need for joint cooperation between the two countries to address water scarcity and overcome the crisis during the coming summer."
The Minister of Water Resources called on Turkey to "share the damage and reactivate the previous memorandum of understanding concluded between the two countries in the field of water, in addition to seeking help from experts to implement projects in central and southern Iraq, in addition to supplying the country with the latest water management techniques, in addition to exploiting drainage water by reducing salt concentrations in the water." Basra and the adoption of solid international companies.
Abdullah said, "He assured the Turkish ambassador that the rainfall in the Tigris and Euphrates river basins was low this year, with a lack of water imports, which caused great damage to Iraq, especially the inability to secure drinking water to some southern governorates, which caused conflicts." On water,” indicating, “There is a government approach to address the water crisis by approving the allocation of financial allocations within the current year budget of the Ministry of Agriculture for the purpose of importing regulated irrigation technologies and distributing them among farmers to reduce losses and waste of water.”
For his part, Khaled Shamal, a spokesman for the Ministry of Water Resources, said in an interview with "Al-Sabah" that "given the importance of the water file and considering it an important sovereign file, Prime Minister Muhammad Shia'a al-Sudani will head the delegation, and the water file will be a priority for the visit."
Al-Sudani had received an official invitation to visit Turkey on January 10 from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
In addition, the Parliamentary Agriculture, Marshes and Water Committee confirmed that the committee's advisors will accompany the delegation to Turkey to discuss the water file due to its utmost importance.
Committee member Thaer al-Jubouri told Al-Sabah: "The prime minister's visit to Turkey is very important, during which the danger surrounding the water file must be highlighted," stressing that he "knows very well his duty towards the Iraqi people and the high-level keenness to solve it." ".
Iraq is going through a suffocating water crisis, caused by the retention of rainfall and the lack of water imports from neighboring countries for four consecutive seasons, not to mention the disappointing rain rates for the current season, which threatens a critical water situation during the coming summer.
In turn, political analyst Haider Al-Barzanji said, in an interview with "Al-Sabah", that "the prime minister's visit to Turkey will witness a large presence of the water file, in addition to a number of other files."
Al-Barzanji said, "Al-Sudani will carry many files with which he will deal with Turkey, and that there are many political and geopolitical changes that have taken place in the region," explaining that "if Turkey wants to stabilize trade relations with Iraq, it must solve these problems, given that the largest trade exchange is Turkey will be with Iraq," and he added, "This visit will achieve success and important steps on the ground, especially after the repeated achievements of the current government."
Edited by: Mostafa Majeed
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