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Today, Friday (September 29, 2023), the Foreign Relations Committee considered that half of the problems in the water issue with Tehran and Ankara have been resolved, indicating that the technical problems have been resolved and only “political problems” remain, especially with Turkey.
Committee member Amer Al-Fayez said in an interview with “Baghdad Today” that “the water file is a top priority for the Iraqi national security file, especially since its repercussions are very serious in light of the decline of traditional river supplies in recent years at alarming levels that have begun to sound the alarm in all of the country’s governorates, especially the southern ones.” ".
He added, "Baghdad is already holding bilateral discussions with Tehran and Ankara in order to create an agreement that guarantees fair shares for Iraq from the shared rivers in accordance with international agreements," pointing out that "half of the problems related to the water file are now in the process of being resolved, but overlapping political aspects remain with the Turkish side." With this file, it is taking place according to the principle of push and pull, but on the other hand, Iraq is continuing efforts for its water security according to the paths of dialogue.”
He pointed out that "Iraq is in a difficult situation regarding the water file, and ensuring fair water shares with neighboring countries through dialogue is a policy it has adopted in order to avoid difficult crises that may create painful conditions for large areas," stressing that "the water file is given importance by state institutions and we hope for positive results." During the coming period.”
The water scarcity crisis in Iraq has worsened over the past years for several reasons, including mismanagement of water use, climate change, and declining supplies from upstream countries, Turkey and Iran. These factors intertwine together and highlight the importance of a fundamental problem that has not yet been addressed.
Recently, water releases from Turkey have returned to the rise, especially to the Tigris River, where the amount of releases has reached 500 cubic meters per second, while releases in the Euphrates still do not reach 200 cubic meters per second, which is half the amount expected to reach the Haditha Dam from Syria, according to the Ministry of Water Resources.
Source: Baghdad Today