Thursday, September 08, 2011 – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan in a written statement to Ministry of Water and Energy of Afghanistan, expressed concerns of Iran over construction of Kamal Khan dam.
The officials in Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Water and Energy of Afghanistan said, concerns and views of Iran regarding the construction of Kamal Khan is baseless and emphasized, the construction of the dam is the right of Afghanistan.
This comes as the General Consulate of Afghanistan in Mashad, in a statement to Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan notified Afghan officials over concerns of Iranian analysts regarding the construction of Kamal Khan dam in Helmand river.
Iranian analysts have claimed that Afghanistan constructing the dam in the Helmand river unlike the protocol between the countries which was previously signed and urged the Afghan government that Iran should be given right to use the water of the Helmand river.
The statement which was sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Water and Energy of Afghanistan on 15 August further added, the concerns have been raised by one of the parliament member of the Iranian parliament, Ahmad Ali Kaikha representing the Zabul district of Iran and the Head of the Agricultural Commission of Iranian parliament.
According to reports, Mr. Kaikha objected the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Water and Energy of Iran for not having a specific strategy for the issue.
According to the statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran said, they have discussed the issue with the Afghan government regarding Iran’s right to use the Helmand river water.
According to reports, Iranian foreign minister said, Sistan and Balochistan people have the right to use the Helmand river water and there has been reduction in the water flow from the Helmand river to Iran, which has adversely affected the Hamoon river and Sistan areas of Iran.
The statement also said, Director of the Iranian water company in Sistan and Balochistan, Hamid Qazoini said, based on the contract between the two countries, Afghanistan should provide Iran with 850 cubic meter of water annually.