(MENAFN) Iraq has urged Turkey to allow more water to flow into the Tigris and Euphrates rivers due to the Arab nation’s long-standing water deficit in Mesopotamia, sparking a water conflict between the two neighboring countries.
According to an Iraqi statement, the Iraqi Minister of Water Resources, Mehdi al-Hamdani, asked the Turkish President’s special envoy for Iraq, Veysel Eroglu, to increase “the quantities of water arriving in Iraq through the Tigris and the Euphrates”.
Hamdani briefed Eroglu via video conference to urge Turkish officials “to review the amounts of water released, in order to allow Iraq to overcome the current water shortage”, he noted.
Eroglu also said he would forward the request to Ankara water authorities to “increase the amounts of water released in the coming days, depending on the available reserves (from Turkey),” according to the announcement.
The two leaders also agreed that an Iraqi “technical delegation” would visit Turkish dams to assess the country’s water supply.
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