Iran, Afghanistan to hold further talks on Helmand Water Treaty


MONITORING (SW) – Ali Selajqa, Vice President and Head of Iran’s Environmental Protection Organization, has announced the holding of a meeting with officials of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan regarding Helmand Water Treaty.

Iran’s IRNA news agency reported that Ali Selajqa, said this during a meeting in Alborz province of Iran. He hoped that this issue will help Iran receiving its water rights from the Helmand River through political diplomacy. The Iranian official claimed that the Islamic Emirate has not secured Iran’s water rights from the Helmand River according to the treaty.

Recently, the President of Iran, Ebrahim Raisi, warned the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan about not ensuring the water rights of Iran and requested the Iranian technical delegation to visit the Kajaki dam in Afghanistan.

In response to Iran’s demands and accusations, the Islamic Emirate has repeatedly said that there is not enough water in the Helmand River.

Amir Khan Muttaqi, Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, said in a meeting in Kabul on Monday that the Islamic Emirate is committed to the treaty, but in this case, the drought in Afghanistan and the region should not be ignored.