Turkey's Dicle, Firat rivers significant resources for Iraq: Minister

Iraqi Minister of Water Resources Latif Rashid said that Turkey's Firat and Dicle rivers were two significant water resources for his country.

Turkey's Dicle, Firat rivers significant resources for Iraq: Minister

An Iraqi minister defined two Turkish rivers as important water resources.

Iraqi Minister of Water Resources Latif Rashid said that Turkey's Firat (Euphrates) and Dicle (Tigris) rivers were two significant water resources for his country.

"We have to boost cooperation among our countries more than ever today," he said during a water forum in the Turkish province of Istanbul.

Rashid said that authorities should particularly discuss cross-border issues.

Rise in population, competition in shared water resources and pollution were causing problems, he said.

Rashid said that Iraq was one of the first countries that used the Dicle and Firat rivers, and hoped that his country and Iran would reach an agreement on River Dicle within the framework of mutual respect.

The River Firat (Euphrates) is the western of the two great rivers that define Mesopotamia (the other being Dicle - the Tigris) which flows from Anatolia.

The river is 2,781 kilometres (1,728 miles) long. After Turkey, it flows first across Syria and then through Iraq, and empties into the Persian Gulf.

The Tigris is the eastern member of the two great rivers that define Mesopotamia, along with the River Firat (Euphrates), which flows from the mountains of southeastern Turkey through Iraq.

The Tigris is approximately 1,900 km (1,200 miles) long. After its course in Turkey, it flows to Iraqi territory, unites with River Firat and then empties into the Persian Gulf.

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