Iraq’s Ministers Discuss Water Security

Iraq’s Council of Ministers has formed a special committee to study the legal aspects of the international agreements related to the water share, in order to define the share of Iraq’s neighboring states from the water of Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, according to Aswat al-Iraq.

“The question of water received exceptional attention during the recent meetings between leading Iraqi officials and a visiting Turkish delegation, as Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, had raised the said issue for discussion with his Turkish Counterpart, Recep Tayyb Erdogan,” the Council’s Secretary General Ali Al-Allaq said on Sunday.

He said the issue of the dams built on the two main rivers originating in Turkey was discussed.

Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyib Erdogan, had visited Iraq last week, leading a high-level delegation, during which he discussed with its Prime Minister Maliki, different issues, including Iraq’s water share in the said two rivers.

“Erdogan had promised to study the dossier seriously, in such a way that ensures joint interests and keep the high-level of trade between both countries,” Allaq said.

“The signing of a strategic agreement with the Turkish side depends of the settlement of the water issue and a favourable response to Iraq’s demands in this respect,” Allaq stressed.

(Source: Aswat al-Iraq)

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