Iran experts inspect Afghanistan hydrometric station for first time

An Iranian technical delegation has visited the Deh Rawood hydrometric station of the Kajaki Dam on the Helmand River for the first time since the signing of the Helmand River Treaty of 1973, according to an Iranian official.

Mohammad Javanbakht, the Iranian Deputy Minister of Energy for Water Affairs, announced that the Afghan party accepted Iran’s request for a visit to the Deh Rawood hydrometric station, adding that according to the Helmand River Treaty, if Iran’s water rights are not observed by Afghanistan, the Iranian side can request a visit to the Dehraoud hydrometric station.

After observing the water level at the Deh Rawood hydrometric station of the Helmand River, the Iranian expert team called on Afghanistan to provide Iran with its share of water and it was agreed that technical committee meetings would decide how to observe Iran’s water rights, Javanbakht said.

Javanbakht also mentioned that in previous years, Iranian commissioners were not allowed to visit the Deh Rawood hydrometric station; however, thanks to diplomatic efforts and coordination by Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a delegation consisting of the director general of cross-border rivers of the Ministry of Energy, the head of Sistan and Baluchestan Regional Water Authority, and the deputy governor-general of the province visited the Dehraoud hydrometric station for the first time. 

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