Meanwhile, Iran’s Foreign Ministry, in a statement, rejected as “contradictory and false” a statement by Afghan ruling authorities that blamed lack of precipitation for a halt to the flow of water to Iran.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran reserves the right to take the necessary measures and emphasizes the full responsibility of Afghanistan in this regard,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
“In practice, the rulers of Afghanistan have not honored the commitments under the treaty and have not offered the necessary cooperation in supplying Iran’s legal water rights,” the ministry said.
“The non-implementation of the treaty and non-provision of Helmand water rights by Afghanistan, while issuing political statements without practical action are not acceptable in any way,” Iran’s Foreign Ministry said.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a tweet that Kabul was “committed to fulfil its obligations,” but argued that due to “severe drought,” water levels have decreased.
He added, “inappropriate statements” made by Iran in this regard can harm ties between the two countries.