Parliamentary agriculture relies on the Supreme Water Council to solve the drought crisis
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Baghdad: Shaima Rasheed
The Parliamentary Agriculture and Water Committee welcomed the formation of the Supreme Water Council, which it considered a good step, while it is counting on it to find solutions and put pressure on upstream countries to confront the drought crisis affecting the country.
A member of the Agriculture and Water Committee in the House of Representatives, Mohsen Al-Saeedi, said in a statement to “Al-Sabah”: The formation of the Supreme Water Council is an excellent step to be in great contact with this crisis and develop solutions to it, noting that he will adopt negotiations with the sides that supply water, such as Turkey and Iran.
He pointed out that the issue of water is very important and represents great and extreme importance at the political level and on the government’s program. Therefore, the committee hosted both the Ministers of Water Resources and Foreign Affairs in order to learn about the causes of the water crisis and their dealings with water-supplying countries, calling for discussing all problems, developing solutions and referring to the issue. Very important, as the current year is the most dangerous for Iraq due to water scarcity.
Al-Saeedi pointed out that the solutions to this issue are through preventing violations, as well as putting pressure on the Turkish and Iranian sides regarding water releases. He explained that water scarcity is global and regional, and the countries with water sources want guarantees or economic exchange, but the Iraqi people are the most affected by the drought crisis, stressing that southern Iraq has reached a stage of major and dangerous desertification and some rivers have dried up, hoping to reach fruitful solutions.
Edited by: Adhraa Juma
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