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Afghan Gov’t Put on Notice Again Over Shared Water Resources

Afghan Gov’t Put on Notice Again Over Shared Water Resources Afghan Gov’t Put on Notice Again Over Shared Water Resources

Iran will respond if the Afghan government does not address its concerns over shared water resources, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Sunday. The dams Afghanistan has built on rivers flowing into Iran, particularly the Helmand River, is at the heart of a long-running  dispute between the two neighbors.
Helmand river—the longest water course in Afghanistan—rises in the Hindu Kush mountains west of Kabul and empties out into the Hamoun wetlands that straddle the border between the two countries, seeping into the Iranian province of Sistan and Baluchestan and Afghanistan’s Nimruz and Farah provinces.  
Zarif, who was in the Majlis to answer lawmakers’ questions about Afghanistan’s failure to release Iran’s fair share of joint water resources, said the matter is high on the agenda and has been pursued through various diplomatic channels, including bilateral talks, IRNA reported. 
  Protest Notes 
The amount of water that Iran has received in recent months is much less than what is enshrined in the Afghan-Iran Helmand River Water Treaty of 1973, he said. “We have sent two protest notes to the Afghan government and also summoned the Afghan ambassador to the Foreign Ministry.” 
He added that 16 special sessions have been held so far to settle the controversy surrounding the Helmand River, several committees have been formed and the issue has been a major point of discussion during visits by the two presidents. 
 

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