Iraq’s PM appeals for enhanced Euphrates water releases in talks with Turkish Foreign Minister

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Iraq's PM appeals for enhanced Euphrates water releases in talks with Turkish Foreign Minister
Iraq's PM appeals for enhanced Euphrates water releases in talks with Turkish Foreign Minister

On Wednesday, Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani met with Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan to discuss the urgent need to increase water releases from the Euphrates River. This diplomatic interaction demonstrates a shared commitment to regional stability and resource conservation.

Al-Sudani’s media office released a statement saying the two nations discussed bilateral relations, strengthening cooperation, enhancing economic partnership, and counter-terrorism efforts.

The Prime Minister of Iraq stated that the country is committed to resolving issues through collaboration and good neighborliness. He highlighted the potential for economic and trade cooperation, specifically mentioning the development road project as an example of an economic corridor with substantial opportunities on the regional and global stage.

The statement noted that during the meeting, al-Sudani discussed Iraq’s fight against terrorism, highlighting the government’s focus on security and stability. He declared that no entity or organization would be allowed to compromise Iraq’s security or use its territory to aggress neighboring countries.

This statement emphasizes the commitment to further cooperation with Turkey through joint security committees and dialogue, as opposed to unilateral actions.

Al-Sudani emphasized the importance of Iraq and Turkey coordinating on regional issues and adopting shared positions to serve both peoples’ interests. He praised Turkey’s recent initiative to increase water releases from the Tigris River.

He emphasized the need for Turkey to increase water releases from the Euphrates River, particularly since Iraq is expecting a large religious pilgrimage. He stressed the importance of mutual agreement to serve common interests and safeguard rights.

An agreement was reached to establish a permanent committee that will address water-related issues between the two countries.

The Turkish Minister expressed Turkey’s willingness to support Iraq in various domains and resolve ongoing issues between the two nations.

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