Saturday, 28 May 2016

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei calls for resolving water issue with Afghanistan

Disagreements over distribution of the waters 
of the Helmand River erupted as southeastern 
regions of Iran and southwestern regions of 
Afghanistan have been affected by severe 
drought over the past several years.
Iranian Supreme Leader has called for resolving an issue over sharing the waters of the Helmand River between Iran and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. At a meeting with the President of Afghanistan Dr. Ashraf Ghani in Tehran, Ayatollah Khamenei pointed to common cultural areas that the both countries share, and said that such issues should not led to dispute between the countries. In turn, the President of Afghanistan said that over the next few weeks an expert-level meeting will discuss the issues about sharing waters along border areas between Afghanistan and Iran. President Ghani further expressed hope that the questions would be properly solved. Earlier the Ambassador of Afghanistan to Iran said that Kabul is committed to an agreement sharing the waters of the Helmand River between the two countries.