Water ministers from Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Pakistan discuss water stress in the region

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View of the Tigris at Hasankeyf, view from the Citadel- CC via Wikimedia

CAIRO – June 9, 2022: Egyptian Water Minister Mohamed Abdel Attai met on Wednesday with his Syrian, Iraqi and Pakistani counterparts Tammam Raad, Mahdi Rashid Mahdi and Kazim Niaz to discuss “the reality of water”.

The meeting was held on the sidelines of the Second High-Level International Conference on the International Decade of Action “Water for Sustainable Development, 2018-2028”, held in the Tajik capital, Dushanbe, a indicated the SANA agency.

The meeting also discussed Turkish measures regarding the construction of dams on the banks of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, which have caused water stress in countries downstream from Iraq and Syria.

The Euphrates runs from Turkey to Syria and then to Iraq until it joins the Tigris at Shatt Al Arab in Iraq.

The Syrian regime and Iraq have accused Turkey of depriving Syrians and Iraqis of their shares of Euphrates water.

The ebb of the Euphrates in Iraq has helped unearth an archaeological city that dates back to the Mittani Empire (1500 to 1350 BCE).


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