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Taliban not doing enough on Iran’s water rights, says Iranian FM

The Iranian Foreign Minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, has told his told his Taliban counterpart, Amir Khan Muttaqi, that the group is not doing enough in fulfilling its obligation on Iran’s water rights from the Helmand River. 

According to the Iranian Foreign Ministry, the two sides met on Thursday in the sidelines of the meeting of Afghanistan’s regional neigbours in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, during which Amir-Abdollahian told Muttaqi that the issue of Iran’s water right over the Helmand River was “the main criterion” for his country and demanded “tangible and concrete results”.

The Iranian Foreign Minister further emphasised on the necessity of the Taliban forming “an inclusive and participatory government in Afghanistan.”

In a video posted online, the Iranian Foreign Minister is heard telling  Amir Khan Muttaqi that “We have been waiting for 21 months for an inclusive government.”

Earlier, following their meeting, the Foreign Ministers of Russia, China, Pakistan and Iran urged the Taliban to form an inclusive government.