BAGHDAD - Turkey has boosted the flow of the Euphrates River passing through its dams upstream of Iraq to help farmers cope with a drought after Iraqi complaints, but it is still not enough, a top Iraqi lawmaker said on Saturday.
Iraq is mostly desert and its inhabitable areas are slaked by the Tigris, which comes down from Turkey, the Euphrates, also from Turkey but passing through Syria, and a network of smaller rivers from Iran, some of which feed the Tigris.
Iraq accuses Turkey, and to a lesser extent Syria, of choking the Euphrates by placing hydroelectric dams on it that have restricted water flow, damaging an Iraqi agricultural sector already hit by decades of war, sanctions and neglect.
The dispute is a delicate diplomatic issue for
Saleh al-Mutlaq, leader of a Sunni Arab bloc in parliament, said he flew to
"They have since increased the quantities of water coming to
"It's not enough, but it has partly solved the water problems preventing our farmers from planting rice," he said.
That makes the flow of water to
They agreed to block anything signed with the nations not including a clause granting
Turkish firms dominate northern
Some 400,000 barrels of Iraqi oil a day -- more than a fifth of its exports -- are piped through the Turkish