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News number: 8711071385

16:06 | 2009-01-26

Foriegn Policy

نسخه چاپي ارسال به دوستان

Afghanistan Urged to Remain Committed to Hirmand Treaty

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hassan Qashqavi on Sunday called on Afghanistan's government to remain committed to a bilateral agreement on the Hirmand River.



Qashqavi also sharply criticized the reduction in water flow of Hirmand River to Iran and asked for Afghanistan's commitments to the pledges it made in Treaty 1972.

Hermand River springs from Helmand Province in Afghanistan and ends to Hammon Lake in Iran's eastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan.

The decline in the flow of water from Hirmand River created problems for the people in the region in the past seven months.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry, Qashqavi said, has taken necessary steps to pursue the case with Afghan officials, according to the Information and Press Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

An Iranian delegation, in a meeting in Kabul last month, lodged a strong protest over the incident and urged the Afghan government to respect the provisions of Treaty 1972, Qashqavi said.

Iran is seriously pursuing the case to safeguard national interests, he concluded.