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Erdogan Vows to Boost Water Flow along Tigris River to Ease Iraq’s Water Shortage


Asharq Al-Awsat


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pledged Tuesday to step up the flow of water along the Tigris River to drought-stricken Iraq for one month.

Erdogan told Iraq's visiting Prime Minister Mohamed Shia al-Sudani that he was aware of the "urgent need for water" in Turkiye's war-scarred neighbour.
Official Iraqi statistics show the level of the Tigris entering the country last year dropping to just 35 percent of its average over the past century.
"For one month, we have taken the decision to increase the volume of water flowing along the Tigris River," Erdogan told a joint media appearance with Sudani.
"The issue of water will hopefully be resolved," AFP quoted Erdogan as saying.
For his part, Sudani expressed his gratitude and thanks to the president from the Iraqi people.
Also, Erdogan repeated his demand for Iraq to recognise the PKK as a terror group.
Sudani said that Iraq recognized Turkiye's security concerns.
"We won't allow Iraq to be used as a launching pad for attacks on Turkiye," he noted.

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