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Kabul ready to enforce river water-sharing deal with Tehran

Kabul ready to enforce river water-sharing deal with Tehran

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Mar 14, 2016 - 12:04

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Afghanistaninfo-icon has affirmed its commitment to the implementation of an agreement with Iran on sharing the Hirmand river water.

The commitment was held out by Afghan Ambassador to Iran Nasir Ahmad Nour in an interview with the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).

He suggested the two neighbouring countries could set up a panel of experts to determine their shares of Hirmand River's water in southwestern Nimroz province.

Nour expressed Afghanistan’s readiness to assess the amount of water flow from the river to Hamoun Lake in Iran.

Under a 1973 treaty, Afghanistan agreed to release 26 cubic meters of water per second into Iranian territory.

The river flows feeds Kajaki Dam in southern Helmand province before reaching Iran's southern province of Sistan-Balochistan.

During Talibaninfo-icon's rule, the water flow to Iran was halted. As a consequence, Lake Hamoun dried up, leading to the death of wildlife and vegetation in the area.

PANinfo-icon Monitor/mud

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