Turkish FM talks water with Shiite leaders in Iraq

Ahmet Davutoglu met with Shi'ite clerics Ayatollah Sistani and Muqtada al-Sadr during his visit to Iraq.

Turkish FM talks water with Shiite leaders in Iraq

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu became the first high-ranking Turkish official to visit the shrine of the slain grandson of the Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h.), Hussein, in the Iraqi city of Karbala for the sacred day of Ashura.

He also spent time in Najaf, where he met with Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani and Shi’ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. After meeting with Sistani for almost an hour, Davutoglu described him as Iraq’s “safety valve” and a “global peace man”. During the meeting, he stressed that the tragic death of Hussein almost 1,400 years ago was not only heartbreaking for Shi’ites, but for all Muslims all over the world.  

Sistani also called for more cooperation between Iraq and Turkey, especially over the sharing of the Euphrates and Tigris Rivers. A total of 22 dams that have been built in Turkey threatens to reduce Iraq's water supply by 40%. Davutoglu proposed a plan stating an Iraqi water allocation in times of drought, but Sistani suggested UN arbitration to solve the issue. Muqtada al-Sadr also called for more cooperation, as the two discussed tackling the issue of sectarianism in the Muslim world.

Davutoglu also visited the shrine of Ali, the son-in-law and companion of the Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h.) who was also the father of Hussein.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 14 Kasım 2013, 11:49