Ankara involved in Iraq’s water crisis

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) –┬áHadi al-Ameri , chairman of the al-Fatah coalition and secretary general of the Badr organization, spoke about the water crisis in Iraq during a meeting with ambassadors from 19 countries of the world, reported Fars News.

Due to the significant drop in the water level of the Tigris River following the commissioning of the Turkish dam, the water scarcity in Iraq is increasingly felt.

The subject provoked a public outcry among the people and political figures so that the Parliament agreed on a special session.

According to the press release of al-Fatah, the ambassadors of Japan, the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, China, Italy, Brazil, Australia, France, Sweden , Spain, Holland, Serbia, New Zealand, Venezuela, Romania, Croatia and Canada attended this meeting.

“The doors of powerful Iraq are open to all countries except Israel,” said al-Ameri before saying that Baghdad welcomed all those who would remain with Iraq.

The president of al-Fatah rejected any foreign interference in the country’s internal affairs.

The Ilisso Turkish Dam is located 100 km from the border with Iraq. The Iraqi authorities last year asked Turkey to respect their share of Tiger water.

Turkey initially announced that it would only allow 600 billion cubic meters of water to enter Iraq. But Baghdad said the cities on the edge of the Tiger alone needed 90 billion cubic meters of water. Ankara has therefore agreed to leave this amount of water to Iraq.

In response to popular protests, the Turkish ambassador to Baghdad said he would pass on Iraqi grievances to Ankara.