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Kazemi Qomi: The Islamic Emirate has agreed to the visit of the Iranian technical team to Kajaki dam and Hirmand region

17 Jun 2023 - 12:44

Hassan Kazemi Qomi, the Iranian President's special representative for Afghanistan affairs and head of the country's embassy in Kabul, while appearing on a television program of the Islamic Republic of Iran, said that the authorities of the Islamic Emirate have agreed to the visit of Iranian engineers and technical teams to Kajaki dam and Hirmand region and the technical team of Iran can go to the region to visit the dam situation.

Afghan Voice Agency (AVA) - Kabul: Hassan Kazemi Qomi, the special representative of the Iranian president for Afghanistan affairs and head of the country's embassy in Kabul, answered questions about Iran-Afghanistan relations by appearing on the first-line television program of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
In this interview, Hassan Kazemi Qomi stated that the rulers in Afghanistan today say that this is an international treaty and a treaty that is binding for us, and changing the systems will not destroy the treaties. Both in writing and in official notes and in the form of talks and negotiations, they have signed the treaty and the obligation and adherence to its implementation.
He stated that according to paragraph 5 of the treaty, the Iranian side can see the situation in the region and added: Afghanistan's rulers do not have any dispute on this issue, and in the recent official note, they emphasized that the problem that happened to the water measuring station, has been resolved and Iranian experts can visit the region; Therefore, the space moves in the direction that if it is blue, it will enter the soil of Iran.
The Special Representative of the President of Iran for Afghanistan Affairs recalled that previously, the time required for the negotiation and visit of Iranian experts to the region was announced as one month, and 15 days of that have passed.
He continued: "Over the past two years, several water summits have been held between the two countries, and the Afghan side has announced that we are committed, and we have formed the commission and taken steps forward."
Kazemi Qomi added that according to this treaty, 820 million cubic meters of water should enter Iran in normal water years.
The head of the Iranian embassy in Afghanistan emphasized the implementation of the Hirmand Treaty and added: "We have announced that the satellites show that there is enough water behind the dam, but the Afghan side says that we are facing a water shortage this year, and part of the dam has accumulated sediments over a period of 60 years." satellite images show it as water.
According to the special representative of the President of Iran in Afghanistan, according to the treaty, the water measuring station is above the Kajaki dam, and most of the water that exists is also in the same Kajaki dam, which is 780 kilometers from the Iranian border.
The head of the Iranian embassy in Kabul said: Kamal Khan dam has a storage capacity of 52 million cubic meters and when there is a flood, if its valves are fully open, water will enter its channel, but last year we saw that due to the problems of the dam valves, due to the flood that came from Afghanistan was launched, even a huge part of Pakistan's soil went under water and many people suffered.
Referring to the actions of the Islamic Emirate to improve the situation of Kamal Khan dam, Kazemi Qomi added: "Taliban authorities have announced that they have created an embankment in the water diversion route to prevent water from entering the Godzare or Shurezar area; Also, the land in front of the valves, which was higher than the valve itself, has been leveled and dredged for about 13 kilometers.
The Iranian President's Special Representative for Afghanistan Affairs added: "According to the agreements that have been made now, our experts can go to see the area and lay the groundwork for this water to be released."
In this context, Kazemi Qomi said: "Last year, contrary to what they said, water was wasted and they announced that this would not happen, but it did happen, then they came and carried out a series of engineering measures. For this year, they say that the problem is water shortage." And we say we have to verify this, now they agreed to let the experts see. This is a good step in itself."
Earlier and in the past weeks, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran had said about the recent developments in relations with Afghanistan, regarding the country's claim to the Helmand/Hirmand River, that good negotiations have been conducted between the parties, which are coming to a conclusion.
This is despite the fact that the authorities of the Islamic Republic of Iran recently announced that they are seriously pursuing the issue of supplying the country's rights to the Helmand Sea.
On the other hand, in the tension between the two countries over the Water issue after the speeches of the President of Iran in the past weeks, the forces of the Islamic Emirate clashed with the border guards of the Islamic Republic of Iran in a part of the border point in Kong district of Nimroz province, during which two people were killed. They died on both sides.
After this conflict, a number of media outlets, especially media outlets with Iran and Afghanistan, spread rumors and claimed that the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is planning to deploy military forces on the border of Islam Qala, but this claim was denied by the authorities of the Islamic Emirate.
The Islamic Emirate has emphasized that good neighborliness and establishing good relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran is one of the priorities of the Afghan government's foreign policy, and it has emphasized avoiding any conflict and tension.

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