Iran, Afghanistan Start New Round of Helmand Water Talks

This is the 19th round of two-way talks since 2004, but it is the first time that high ranking officials from the two neighbors have met, indicating the significance of the issue
Afghan Deputy Minister Holds Helmand Water Talks in Tehran Afghan Deputy Minister Holds Helmand Water Talks in Tehran

Iran and Afghanistan started a new round of talks on water sharing from the Hirmand (also known as Helmand) River and its tributary.
Afghan deputy minister of water, Khan Mohammad Takal conferred Saturday in Tehran with Abbas Soroush, deputy manager at the National Water and Wastewater Engineering Company at the Energy Ministry.
"Negotiations focused on resolving the dispute over the critical share of the two countries which was determined as per a treaty signed in 1973 in Kabul," the news agency said, adding that Kabul had not fulfilled its commitments.
As of Sunday evening there was no official report on the outcome of the meeting and if there had been any breakthrough. 


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