Tigris and Euphrates management requires regional cooperation: Iraqi minster

A boy sits in a boat in Tigris River in Baghad, Iraq on June4, 2018. (Photo Credit: Khalid al-Mousily/ Reuters)

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SULAIMANI — Iraq’s Minister Water Resources Minister Mahdi al-Hamdani said on Wednesday (September 24) that the federal government continues to work with the Turkish and Iranian governments to address issues affecting the Tigris and Euphrates watershed.

During a videoconference with counterparts from other countries hosted by Iran’s Regional Center for Urban Water Management, Hamdani said that Turkey’s upstream damming program had reduced water flow in Iraq, causing numerous problems for residents and in agriculture and industry, the ministry said in a press release.

Similar programs in Iran have also reduced the amount of water that enters Iraq from the east.

“Although the Ministry of Water Resources pursues successful plans to manage and operate its water resources, it is facing difficulty in securing its needs for the present and future,” the minister said, adding that successful watershed management requires regional cooperation.

Turkey has invited Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi to visit Ankara and water issues are likely to be on the agenda.

(NRT Digital Media)