Syria, Iraq, and Turkey to discuss water shortage

The Syrian, Iraqi and Turkish ministers responsible for water supplies will meet Sept. 3 in Ankara to discuss the drought afflicting the region, Syrian Irrigation Minister Nader al-Buni said. The meeting comes in the wake of a claim by Iraqi Water Minister Latif Rashid last month that Turkey had broken its promise to increase water flows down the Euphrates River. Turkish Energy Minister Yıldız responded, stating that Turkey had fulfilled its obligations regarding the water issue. Suggesting that Turkey, Syria and Iraq establish a tripartite management mechanism to address the water issue, Yıldız said Turkey was ready to offer all necessary technical support on such a matter.

Tensions caused by water scarcity, due to a two-year drought in the region, simmer as constructive meetings occur between Turkey, Syria, and Iraq

Source: Hurriyet Daily

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