Iran leader calls for resolving water issue with Afghanistan
Baku, Azerbaijan, May 24
By Khalid Kazimov - Trend:
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has called for resolving an issue over sharing the waters of the Helmand River between Iran and Afghanistan.
At a meeting with President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai 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, official website of the supreme leader reported.
In turn, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai said that over the next couple of weeks an expert-level meeting will discuss the issues about sharing waters along border areas between Iran and Afghanistan.
He further expressed hope that the issues would be properly solved.
Earlier Afghan ambassador to Tehran Nasir Ahmad Nour told IRNA News Agency that Kabul is committed to an agreement sharing the waters of the Helmand River between the two countries.
Disagreements over distribution of the waters of the Helmand River between Tehran and Kabul erupted as southeastern regions of Iran and southwestern regions of Afghanistan have been affected by severe drought over the past several years.