Taliban let Helmand River water flow into Iran following weeks of tensions

Tensions between Afghanistan and Iran over water rights from the Helmand River have eased after the Taliban reportedly released water from the Kamal Khan Dam.

The dam, which is located on the Helmand River, supplies Iran with an annual average of 820 million cubic meters of water.

The release of water comes after months of escalating tensions between the two countries.

In May, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi warned the Taliban to deliver on their commitment to the Helmand River Treaty or “face serious consequences.” The Taliban responded that they were “committed” to Iran’s water rights, but cited drought-induced water shortage as the problem.

The release of water from the Kamal Khan Dam is a positive step that could help to ease tensions between Afghanistan and Iran. However, it is important to note that the situation remains fluid and there is still the potential for further conflict.

The 1973 Helmand River Treaty is a bilateral agreement between Afghanistan and Iran that sets out the terms for the sharing of water from the Helmand River. The treaty has been in place for over 40 years, but it has been difficult to implement due to drought and other factors.

The release of water from the Kamal Khan Dam is a positive step, but it is not a long-term solution to the water dispute between Afghanistan and Iran. Both countries need to work together to find a more sustainable solution that meets the needs of both countries.