Iran-Afghanistan Relations

Iran seeks to visit Hirmand dam over Afghan water share dispute

Iran demands to inspect the reservoir of a dam on the Hirmand river in neighboring Afghanistan that has caused a standoff with the Taliban administration over Iran’s share of water from the river.

Iranian Daily raises security alarm over growing number of Afghan refugees in Iran

The influx of refugees to Iran after the takeover of the Taliban in neighboring Afghanistan is posing a security challenge for Iran, a leading Iranian newspaper has warned.

Iranian lawmaker urges action against Taliban as water rift looms

An Iranian lawmaker has called for retaliatory measures against the Taliban rulers of Afghanistan in response to their failure to secure Iran’s water share from the Helmand River.

Iran FM invited to visit Kabul for talks with Taliban

Afghanistan's acting foreign minister has invited Iranian foreign minister Hossein Amirabdollahian to visit Kabul for talks with the Taliban officials over bilateral issues.

Iranian photojournalist released from Taliban custody

The Taliban have freed Mohammad Hossein Velayati, an Iranian photojournalist working for the Tehran-based Tasnim News Agency, after holding him in custody for a week.

Special Envoy for Afghanistan urges fair delivery of Iran’s water rights from Hirmand

The Iranian President’s Special Representative for Afghanistan Affairs, Hassan Kazemi Qomi, has called for the fair delivery of Iran’s water rights from the Hirmand River, also known as Helmand.

Iranian daily warns against security fallout of Afghans’ increased immigration into Iran

An Iranian newspaper has warned against the security repercussions of the growing number of Afghan nationals entering the country.

Iranian team in Afghanistan to inspect Helmand amid water dispute with Taliban

Iran has deployed a team of technical experts to take a tour of the Helmand River in neighboring Afghanistan to help tackle a standoff with the Taliban administration over the share of water.

Former Iranian diplomat: Taliban monopolizing all of Helmand water for own use

A former Iranian diplomat says the Taliban have denied Iran the right to use water from the Helmand River, and monoplolized it for their own benefit.

Ex-Iranian diplomat: No diplomatic way out of water standoff with Taliban

A former Iranian diplomat believes that the Taliban administration in Afghanistan will not back down in a dispute over Iran’s water share from the Helmand river with negotiations, suggesting that the Islamic Republic has to consider non-diplomatic ways.

Iran urges realities regarding Taliban killing of Iranian diplomats, journalist 25 years ago

The Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has called for shedding light on the circumstances surrounding the Taliban killing of Iranian diplomats and a journalist in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan 25 years ago.

Report: Taliban prepare large number of suicide bombers in water dispute with Iran

The Taliban sent thousands of troops and hundreds of suicide bombers to the area, a person familiar with the matter told Bloomberg, claiming the group is prepared for war with Iran over a water dispute. Tehran has issued a warning to the Taliban, urging them to honor Afghanistan’s water-supply agreement or face the consequences.

Taliban shut down Iranian charity organization’s offices

The Taliban rulers of Afghanistan have shut down the offices of the Imam Khomeini Relief Foundation, a major Iranian charitable organization, in the Afghan cities of Kabul, Mazar-e-Sharif and Herat.

Iran studying ‘non-diplomatic’ ways to restore right to water share from Helmand: Lawmaker

An Iranian lawmaker says Iran is studying “non-diplomatic” ways to restore its right to water shares from the Helmand River, which the Taliban government in Afghanistan is currently not allowing to be fulfilled.

Iranian parliamentary delegation to visit Afghanistan to pursue water share

An Iranian MP says a parliamentary delegation of the Islamic Republic is going to visit Afghanistan to pursue Iran’s right to the water of Helmand River.

Official: Taliban allowed Iran experts to visit Kajaki dam amid row on water

The caretaker of Iran’s Embassy in Kabul says the Taliban have issued the permission for a team of Iranian experts to inspect the reservoir of the Kajaki dam, amid a water dispute between Iran and Afghanistan.

‘Iran, Taliban reach prisoner swap deal, release inmates’

Iranian and Afghan media say Tehran and the interim Taliban government have reached an agreement on exchanging prisoners, and that four Iranian inmates have been released as per the deal.

Iran MPs warn of ‘humanitarian disaster’ in east due to water shortage

Over 200 Iranian lawmakers have backed the government’s efforts to secure the country’s share of water from the Helmand River, warning of a “humanitarian catastrophe” in Iran’s eastern regions if no water reaches there in three months.

Iran’s share of Helmand River water blocked by Afghanistan’s dams: Images

Satellite images reveal how the interim government in Afghanistan is blocking the flow of Helmand River, a lifeline for residents of Iran’s Sistan and Baluchestan Province, into the other side of border, by building several dams on the river.

Official: Iran destination for some 63% of Afghan refugees

The Iranian deputy justice minister says the Islamic Republic is the top destination of around 63 percent of Afghan refugees fleeing a host of crises in their homeland.

Interior minister says situation at Iran-Afghanistan border normal after Taliban attack

Iran’s Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi said on Monday that the country's border areas with Afghanistan is tranquil following the recent skirmishes between Iranian border guards and Taliban forces.

Ex-envoy: Taliban using water, border closure as pressure lever on Iran

Iran’s ex-ambassador to Afghanistan says the interim Taliban rulers are using shared water resources as well as the closure of Dogharoun border with Iran as lever against Tehran, calling for vigilance in the face of risks of fresh clashes with the Afghan side.

Iran closes major trade route with Afghanistan after deadly clashes

Iran closes the Milak border crossing with Afghanistan, a major trade route, “until further notice,” following an exchange of heavy gunfire between Iranian border guards and Taliban forces.

Two Iranian border guards killed in clashes with Taliban forces

Two Iranian border guards have been killed in an exchange of fire with Afghanistan’s Taliban forces near a border post between the two countries, amid escalating tensions over Kabul’s violations of Tehran’s water rights.

Clashes reported between Iran border guards, Taliban forces amid tensions over water

Clashes have broken out between Iranian border guards and Afghanistan’s Taliban forces on the joint border between the two countries, media reports say.

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