An Iraqi MP criticizes Iran and Turkey: We will deprive you of $20 billion

In a stinging attack on the two countries, the deputy speaker of the Iraqi parliament, a leader in the Sadrist movement, Hakim al-Zamili, threatened to boycott Turkish and Iranian goods if the water continued to be cut off from his country.

The Iraqi official explained that Turkey started cutting water from Iraq by 80%, while Iran cut it off completely, that is, by 100%. On Thursday, the Ministry of Water Resources, in the event of continued cutting off from neighbors, would work with the House of Representatives to boycott Turkish and Iranian goods. As well as the absence of laws from the government that put pressure on the two countries, they may have caused water cuts.

Stopping $20 billion in trade exchange

(He pointed out that the two neighbors of Iraq have self-sufficiency in water levels, but they insist on cutting it off from Iraq, threatening to respond by stopping 20 billion dollars of the money that Iraq pays to the two countries as a trade exchange. Baghdad will stop these funds in the event the water cut continues, and will also support factories

In a related context, he confirmed the existence of problems in the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, starting from Baghdad to the southern governorates, explaining that the citizens’ abuses floated on the course of the two rivers.

He called on the Ministry of Materials and government agencies to put pressure on Turkey and Iran to reach a solution formula that would get the country out of this crisis. It is noteworthy that the salinity of the water caused, in the past years, the transformation of thousands of hectares of land into waste lands, and the admission of 100,000 people to hospitals in the summer of 2018.

And Iraq lived During the past months, a severe water crisis occurred in a number of its cities, after the quantities of water received from Turkey and Iran decreased by a large percentage as a result of the construction of many dams and projects at the headwaters of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers.

According to government statistics, Iraq's population of 40 million people now consumes 71 billion cubic meters of water.

While in 2035 the population will reach more than 50 million, and surface water is expected to decrease to 51 billion cubic meters annually after completing all projects outside the borders.