President Abdul Latif Jamal Rashid hosted Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan and his delegation at Baghdad’s Presidential Palace. The meeting, attended by Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein, covered diverse subjects including historical bonds, economic cooperation, water management, and security imperatives. It highlighted diplomatic engagement and a joint commitment to fostering enhanced collaboration for shared progress.
The Iraqi Presidency announced that Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan and his delegation met with President Abdul Latif Jamal Rashid at the Presidential Palace in Baghdad on Wednesday, in the presence of Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein.
Rashid highlighted the importance of enhancing economic, commercial, environmental, water, and energy cooperation between Iraq and Turkey to serve the mutual interests of both nations.
In this context, Minister Fidan clarified that the Turkish Trade Minister is expected to visit Iraq next week, and the President hopes the visit will improve bilateral relations.
President Rashid emphasized the need for fair and sufficient sharing of water between the two countries to meet essential needs.
He mentioned that due to reduced cross-border water flow in the Tigris and Euphrates rivers and their tributaries, Iraq faces a severe water crisis affecting the public life of Iraqis.
Rashid emphasized the need to address all aspects, especially the water crisis faced by both sides. He highlighted the serious efforts made by Iraq to optimize water usage, rehabilitating irrigation and sewage systems, improving water management, and constructing dams and reservoirs.
Minister Fidan expressed Turkey’s commitment to finding lasting solutions for water shortages in Iraq through continuous monitoring and a joint meeting between experts from both countries.
Fidan affirmed Turkey’s unwavering support for Iraq’s security and stability, aiming to fortify the historical bonds between the two nations and achieve mutual objectives.
The Turkish Foreign Minister stated that President Erdogan plans to address existing issues during his visit to Iraq, in addition to the topics covered by the agenda. He also noted that President Rashid welcomed the visit to Baghdad.
The discussion covered security, preventing breaches and violations, and respecting national sovereignty.