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Iran says ‘No Compromise on Helmand Water Rights’


Kabul: Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian underlined that his country will forcefully pursue its right to water shares from the Hirmand River in Afghanistan, and added that the Taliban have confirmed Tehran’s water right and emphasized the need to direct it towards Iran as soon as possible.

Amir Abdollahian stated that during the past 18 months upon an order issued by Iranian President Seyed Ebrahim Rayeesi, the foreign ministry got involved in serious talks with the caretaker government of Afghanistan, and President’s Special Envoy in Afghanistan Affairs Kazemi Qomi has also pursued the matter incessantly.

“In my recent negotiations with the Acting Afghan foreign minister, I pursued the issue of Iran’s right of the Hirmand River,” the minister noted.

The senior official underscored that those collective efforts will continue till achieving the desired result.

The issue of Iran’s water rights from Hirmand goes back to more than half a century ago, and was outlined in a 1973 agreement between Iran and Afghanistan. Tehran has repeatedly criticized Kabul for failing to honor the agreement.

Iranian officials have repeatedly urged the Afghan interim administration to respect the country’s commitments based on the treaty about the water rights from the Helmand River.

Meanwhile Afghan authorities have said they remain committed to the deal, adding that the water did not reach Iran due to “technical problems”.

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