Requests for giving trade minister honorary citizen title18/08/2012 13:38
ERBIL, August 18 (AKnews) – Requests have been made in Khanaqin to give an honorary citizen title to Iraqi's trade minister for his decision not to sign the trade agreement with Iran due to Iran’s actions, which are drying the Alwan River.
Alwan is a river that flows from Iran to Iraq. Iran has halted the water from flowing into Iraq in hot season for four years. Now thousands of donums of agricultural land and orchards are facing drought.
Activist and committee member of the Protection of Khanaqin’s Higher Interests Salam Abdullah said in a statement: "The committee asks for giving Trade Minister Kherullah Hassan the honorary citizen title.
"Iran dries up Alwan River, which causes a lack of water, makes people leave the area and has led to drought and damage to farmers’ fields."
Abdullah stated: "Last year we asked not to buy goods from Iran because Iran will not stop drying Alwan River but will halt more rivers flowing into Iraq. We therefore praise the minister's conduct."
By Bryar Mohammed