On May 1, the outgoing Iranian ambassador to Iraq, Iraj Masjedi, said critical water shortages aren’t exclusive to Iraq but rather a regional problem from decreasing groundwater.
Speaking on Iraq’s Dijlah TV, Masjedi denied Iran’s responsibility for shortages and said reports about Iran shutting off water supplies from his country to Iraq were “negative media hype.”
Masjedi urged officials in both countries to meet and discuss the water crisis.
“The Islamic Republic has never reduced Iraqi water source,” he declared.
That is false. In fact, Iran’s ongoing construction of dams and diversions of rivers and tributaries to supply its drought-stricken central and eastern regions have deprived Iraq of critical water.
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