Turkey, Iraq To Discuss Tigris River Flow in November


At a meeting between Turkish and Iraqi authorities on May 15, Ankara and Baghdad agreed to keep the natural water flow from the River Tigris into Iraq from June 1 to Nov. 1. Water levels of the Tigris have decreased significantly since June 1, spreading panic among Iraqis who in some places were able to cross the riverbed on foot. Dams built in neighboring Iran on its tributaries to the Tigris have also contributed to low water levels. On Wednesday, Turkey's envoy to Baghdad, Fatih Yıldız, met Iraq's Minister of Water Resources Hassan al-Janabi and discussed ways to prevent misinformation to the Iraqi public about the filling of Ilısu dam. He said that the two sides will cooperate in order for Turkey to undertake projects to deliver fast results regarding water management and irrigation in Iraq.