Jan 20, 2022 05:31 UTC
  • Water released by Afghanistan definitely aimed at Iran: Governor

A local official in southeast Iran has denied claims made by the Taliban in Afghanistan suggesting that the group had released water from a major dam to feed farms located south of the country as he insists the water will reach the Iranian territory within the next few days.

Hossein Modarres Khiabani, who serves as the Governor of Sistan and Baluchestan province, said on Wednesday that Taliban’s decision a day earlier to release water from Kamal Khan Dam in Afghanistan was definitely aimed at the Iranian territory.

“With recent precipitation and through follow-ups made by various departments (in Iran), including the presidential envoy to Afghanistan, the Energy Ministry and the Foreign Ministry and even local (Afghan) officials, two gates of Kamal Khan Dam have been opened to release water toward the territory of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” said Modarres Khiabani.

He said water was moving toward Iran and it will reach a regional lake in the Sistan region within two to three days.

The announcement came after Taliban’s Acting Minister of Energy and Water Abdullatif Mansoor said in a video published online that water had been released on requests by local Afghan farmers in Nimruz province as he denied the decision was meant to give Iran its water right based on a treaty signed nearly five decades ago.  

That comes as Iranian president’s special envoy to Afghanistan Hassan Kazemi Ghomi welcomed Taliban’s move to release water from Kamal Khan Dam as he suggested the decision had been taken to comply with a recent agreement between the two countries.

“I declare my gratitude to the Taliban authorities for sticking to their promises in releasing water from Kamal Khan Dam,” Kazemi Ghomi was quoted as saying by semi-official Fars news agency on Wednesday.