Baghdad Minister of Water Resources Mahdi Rashid Al-Hamdani called on Iran to increase water releases from al-Karun River.
The Ministry of Water Resources said in a statement that the National Iraqi News Agency (NINA) received a copy of it that “the Minister of Water Resources Mahdi Rashid Al-Hamdani met in his office the Iranian ambassador in Baghdad, Iraj Masjedi and the accompanying delegation,” noting that “the two sides discussed the presentation of the problems of the joint rivers and valleys, and the topic of lack of it water releases in them that feed the Dokan and Derbandikhan dams, calling for the necessity of bilateral cooperation between the two countries, holding high-level meetings soon, whether in Iraq or in Iran, and activating the work of the joint committees formed under the memorandum of understanding signed during the year 2012 to reach agreements that guarantee Iraq’s water rights.
Al-Hamdani presented “common water problems with Iran, the most important of which is pollution of Shatt Al-Arab water as a result of interruption of the flow of Karun River water from the Iranian side since the beginning of June of each year and until the month of October, which negatively affects the quality of Shatt Al-Arab water and the high percentage of salt concentrations”, calling for “the Iranian side to increase water releases from Karun River during this critical period.”
For his part, the ambassador welcomed “the minister’s proposals and invited him to hold urgent meetings with his Iranian counterpart and specialists in the water issue for the purpose of resolving this file and his willingness to interfere directly with the leaders of the Iranian government to facilitate these procedures.”
Source: National Iraqi News Agency