Baghdad Turkey decided to send a delegation to Iraq to examine the conditions of the Mosul Dam.
A statement by the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs, of which the National Iraqi News Agency (NINA) received a copy, said, “The Iraqi ambassador to Ankara, Hassan Al-Janabi, received the Turkish President’s envoy for water affairs with Iraq, Faisal R. Oglu, at the embassy building in the capital, Ankara, in the presence of representatives of the Turkish Foreign Ministry and the Turkish Ministry of Agriculture and the Turkish General Directorate of Hydraulic Works (DSI).
The statement added that the Turkish delegation “presented during the meeting its vision of the bilateral relationship between the two countries in light of previous meetings and developments, and the need to move forward in agreeing on the priorities of joint cooperation projects, as there is a list of proposed Turkish projects, and two lists submitted by the Iraqi Ministry of Water Resources to the Turkish side.”
The two sides agreed on “the necessity of regular technical and political meetings between the two parties and the visit of a Turkish delegation to Iraq, especially to the Mosul Dam, as well as for the final agreement to establish a water research center in Baghdad and Basra.”
The delegation affirmed that “Turkey is keen on the unity of Iraq and is ready for comprehensive cooperation with it.”
For his part, Ambassador Al-Janabi put forward “Iraq’s vision for bilateral cooperation that secures stability and sovereignty of Iraq in accordance with the principle of not harming its interests, and its desire for technical and political cooperation with its neighbor Turkey, stressing Iraq’s need to know the plans to operate the Turkish dams, especially Ilisu dam, as well as the Iraqi concern about the construction of the Turkish dam on the Tigris river.”
Source: National Iraqi News Agency