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News Iraqi-Turkish discussions about water shortage

An Iraqi delegation is currently visiting Turkey to discuss technical solutions for the ongoing conflict about Euphrate’s and Tigris’s water level.
Iraq, suffering from a two-year-drought, wants Turkey to raise the amount of water in both rivers. Turkey repeatedly refused the demand, claiming its own water shortage.
Ali Hashim from the Ministry of Water Resources said, the delegation will discuss technical solutions to reduce loss through irrigation and agriculture.
Iraq accuses Turkey and Syria of being responsible for low water levels of the rivers coming from these countries due to their irrigation and agricultural projects. 
Experts recently stated that Iraq is one of the most wasteful of water due to old irrigation mechanisms.
Euphrate and Tigris provide 60, respectively 40 per cent, of Iraq’s water supply.

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Keyword(s) drought, water scarcity, water supply, irrigation
Geographical coverage Iraq,Turkey,Syria,
News date 15/06/2011
Working language(s) ENGLISH