Afghan acting FM meets Iranian Ambassador

KABUL (Khaama Press): Afghan Acting Foreign Affairs Minister met with Iran’s Ambassador Hassan Kazemi Qomi in Kabul to discuss strengthening bilateral relations between the neighbouring countries, including water issues.
The Deputy Spokesperson of the Ministry, Hafiz Zia Ahmad, said about the meeting in a series of tweets on Saturday. He said the meeting aims to discuss important topics, including Iran’s water rights from the Helmand River, Afghan prisoners in Iran, Visa issues and several others.
On Iran’s water Rights from the Helmand River, Muttaqi stressed the issue’s significance and said it should be resolved through “dialogue and understanding.”
Meanwhile, resolving the long-standing dispute between the two countries over water management and rights is essential for preserving goodwill and stable relations.
In addition, the meeting also touched upon the issue of Afghan prisoners in Iran and their return to their home country. Both sides expressed their commitment to addressing the issue and ensuring the safe return of these prisoners to Kabul.
On the other hand, the issuance of visas for Afghan nationals was discussed during the meeting. The easy process of the visa for Afghan citizens would boost people-to-people relations, trade and tourism between the two brotherly nations.
The meeting came after the tensions raised over Iran’s water rights from the Helmand River in the last week.
Earlier, Iranian officials warned the de facto authorities to resolve the issue of Iran’s water rights based on the 1973 water treaty between the two countries.
While the Taliban authorities said they abide by the water treaty signed half a century ago. Still, the water will not reach Iran due to drought and lack of water availability in the Helmand River and Kajaki Dam.