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Iraq: Iran's prevention of the flow of water from shared rivers will lead to water scarcity in Diyala

The Iraqi Minister of Water Resources, Mahdi Rashid Al-Hamdani, announced that Iran's cutting off water from the (Sirwan, Karun and Karkha) rivers will lead to water scarcity in the Iraqi province of Diyala.

Al-Hamdani explained - according to the Iraqi News Agency (INA) - that his country will resort to the international community in order to share the release of Iraq's water share coming from these rivers, according to international conventions... calling for solutions to be taken to mitigate the damage in Diyala due to water scarcity.

"We talked with Iran and Turkey to agree on a water-sharing protocol, but we did not get an answer so far," he said, adding that "things cannot remain without an agreement on water releases with the riparian countries."