No concerns in Iran over Afghan dam projects: Envoy

Kabul, May 21, IRNA – Tehran is not concerned about dam construction activities in Afghanistan's western Province of Farah, Iran's Ambassador to Afghanistan Mohammad Reza Bahrami said in an interview with an Afghan news network.

There are agreements between Iran and Afghanistan based on which the two neighboring nations regulate their relations and engagements, Bahrami told TOLOnews, Afghanistan's 24-hour station Sunday evening.

The Iranian envoy rejected claims by some parties trying to relate recent conflicts in Farah Province to the issue of water and construction of Salma Dam.

'The main part of the cement needed for building the Salma Dam was provided by Iran, while the contractor that cooperated with the Indian main contractor was also from Iran,' he said.

Bahrami insisted that if Iran were against construction of the dam, it would never provide the cement neither would it allow the Iranian contractor to engage in the project.

Some parties in Afghanistan are trying, by promoting Iranophobia, to ward off any further enhancement of the Iran-Afghanistan bilateral relations, he said.

'There are no issues between the two nations, including political, security, social, cultural and economic, incapable of being addressed through talks,' the Iranian ambassador to Afghanistan said.

After the last Tuesday attack by militants affiliated with the Taliban terrorist group against the Farah Province which was repelled soon by the Afghan army and security forces, some local officials alleged that Iran was behind the incursion.

Rejecting the claims, the Iranian ambassador said that insecurity in Farah and any instabilities in Afghanistan are going to damage the interests of the both nations.

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