India will assist war-ravaged Iraq to put in place an effective water management system and train its engineers and experts in the field. The two countries are close to finalising a memorandum of understanding for cooperation in water management.
Water Resources Minister Harish Rawat on Thursday had a meeting with his Iraqi counterpart Mohanad Salman Al-Sady and senior water ministry officials from both countries held a preliminary round of discussion to finalise the nuts and bolts of the proposed MoU.
While the specifics of the MoU is still under discussion,the two countries are looking at cooperation in areas like training,data sharing and exchange visits.
New Delhi and Baghdad are exploring the possibilities of exchange of visits to develop cooperation in specific areas,find avenues for training Iraqi engineers and experts in India,facilitate exchange of data and relevant information relating to water management,irrigation,land reclamation and dams etc and to gather suggestions from Indian side for expanding cooperation, an official statement said.