Syria and Iraq accused Turkey of reducing the rate of water releases from the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, which negatively affects the water quotas coming to the two countries.
The Ministers of Water Resources in Syria and Iraq discussed in a virtual meeting on Wednesday the challenges related to the water reality of the two countries, including the negative effects of climate change and the intransigence of the Turkish side regarding reducing the rate of water releases from the Euphrates and Tigris rivers.
Syrian Minister of Water Resources Tammam Raad stressed the need for joint action, exchange of information and data, technical and scientific communication, and everything related to water developments for the benefit of both countries.
Iraqi Minister of Water Resources Mahdi Rashid Al-Hamdani expressed his country’s readiness to cooperate with the Syrian side to find a common solution to the conditions and obstacles facing the two countries and to cooperate with Syrian experts to establish a research center in Baghdad and to hold training courses for Syrian technicians in the field of groundwater.
The Director of the National Center for Water Resources Management in Iraq gave a presentation on evaluating the water quotas for Syria, Iraq and Turkey and the possible bases that could be applied to determine these quotas.
The Iraqi Minister Al-Hamdani visited Syria last July to discuss cooperation between the two countries in the fields of water and water resources and to unify their positions in international forums to defend and preserve their water rights from the Euphrates and Tigris rivers.
It was preceded in May by a hypothetical meeting between the two sides, and a visit by Minister Raad in March 2021 to Baghdad to participate with a technical delegation in the first Baghdad International Water Conference.
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