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The President of the Republic, Abd al-Latif Rashid, warned, on Wednesday, that Iraq faces a real danger due to the water crisis, stressing the need to coordinate with upstream countries to ensure fair shares for Iraq.
In his speech during the United Nations Water Conference in New York, Rashid said, "Iraq is facing an unprecedented water crisis, which poses a great threat to food security and causes displacement," adding that "water shortage poses great risks to the agri-food system, the ecosystem, and social stability." in Iraq."
He pointed out that "there is an urgent need to find sustainable solutions to the water crisis," stressing that "the Tigris and Euphrates are the lifeblood of Iraq, and the marshes are a vital part of human civilization."
He stated that "Iraq's water needs are expected to increase in the next decade due to population growth," noting that "basic water resources continue to decline due to water policies (in the upstream countries)."
And he warned that "the exacerbation of drought threatens the Iraqi people and the country's economy," pointing out that "desertification threatens 40 percent of Iraq's area. The necessary precautions must be taken to reduce the negative effects, and the government is working on developing effective and implementable plans to manage water resources."
He stressed the need to "work with neighboring countries through agreements and commitments to ensure a fair share of water," noting that "the Iraqi government is coordinating with countries in the region to confront climate change." Ended/25 h
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