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Iran plans major decisions on Afghan water rights issue

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Iran’s energy minister says the country will make important decisions on Afghan water rights issue.

Iran’s energy minister says the country is to make some important decisions with regard to securing its water rights from the Helmand river in Afghanistan.

Ali Akbar Mehrabian said that the decisions will be finalized in a Monday meeting where key government departments responsible for water rights issue will be represented.

“Some important decisions will be made in the meeting on how to solve the water problem in east of the country,” said Mehrabian.

His statement came hours after Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi ordered ministries of foreign affairs and energy in Iran to pursue the case of water rights from Helmand, also known as Hirmand in Iran, given the significance of the issue for people living in east of the country.

Mehrabian said government departments will exhaust all measures to safeguard Iran’s water rights from Helmand.

Iran has become more serious in its efforts to persuade the ruling Taliban group in Afghanistan to comply with its obligations under the 1973 Helmand River water treaty.

Authorities warned in January that Afghan refugees will be expelled from the southeastern Iranian province of Sistan and Baluchestan if the region does not receive the water supply it is entitled to under agreement.

Reports have suggested that people in Sistan may face acute water shortages in the upcoming months in the absence of water supply from Afghanistan.


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