Afghanistan Not Respecting Iran’s Legal Water Rights

Over 70% of Hamoun Wetlands in Sistan-Baluchestan are drying up, largely because of Afghanistan's controversial dam construction on its tributaries
Afghanistan Not Respecting Iran’s Legal Water Rights
Afghanistan Not Respecting Iran’s Legal Water Rights

Since the beginning of the current water year (started Sept. 22, 2020) Iran has not received its fair share of water from Hirmand (known as Helmand in Afghanistan) River as per an agreement it had signed with Afghanistan in 1973. 
Qasem Taqizadeh Khamesi, a deputy energy minister, voiced the complaint at the 23rd meeting of the Joint Committee of Hirmand Water Commissioners held in Tehran on Wednesday, the Energy Ministry’s news portal reported.
“As per the treaty, Iran should have received at least 500 million cubic meters of water by now, but it has not and Afghan officials blame drought and security issues that are not justifiable,” he said. 
Afghan officials, namely Naseer Ahmad Durrani, deputy minister for agriculture, irrigation and livestock, claim that they want to resolve the water share dispute with Iran, but some security issues are involved.


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