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Iran-Afghanistan Tensions: Water Rights, Migration, and Trade Opportunities

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Saboor Bayat
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Iran-Afghanistan Tensions: Water Rights, Migration, and Trade Opportunities

In a geopolitical landscape marred by tensions, the issues of water rights and Afghan migration have emerged as contentious elements in the relations between Iran and Afghanistan. The resurgence of the Taliban in Afghanistan, an aspect that has significantly amplified the complexities of these issues, has placed a spotlight on the region's intricate balance of power.

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Water Rights and Immigration: A Bilateral Challenge

The dispute over water rights between Tehran and Kabul has been an ongoing friction point. Compounding this, the influx of Afghan migrants into Iran has presented additional challenges. Responding to these tensions, an Afghan delegation recently visited Iran, led by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Deputy Economic Minister of Afghanistan's interim government. This delegation, comprising high-ranking economic and trade representatives, discussed bilateral relations, trade, transit, transportation, infrastructure, and the status of Afghan migrants in Iran.

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Need for Fuel and Electricity

Pir Mohammad Mollazehi, a respected Afghanistan analyst, has shared critical insights into this situation. According to Mollazehi, Afghanistan's primary challenge at present is securing fuel. He emphasizes Iran's potential to address this issue, given its abundant fuel resources. He suggests that Iran could independently supply Afghanistan with legitimate fuel, a move that would not only meet Afghanistan's needs but also curb smuggling. Furthermore, Mollazehi discusses the pressing need for electricity in Afghanistan. He proposes that Iran could expand its current limited electricity exports to Afghan cities before Chinese energy plans render Afghanistan energy-independent.

(Also Read: Afghanistan Seeks Investments Amid Economic and Humanitarian Crises)

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Strategic Advantage of Chabahar Port

The discussion also touched upon the Chabahar port's potential for the transit of goods heading to Afghanistan. This port offers a significant advantage over Pakistan, offering shorter, safer, and more cost-effective routes. This strategic edge could make Iran a more appealing trade partner for Afghanistan, and by extension, the Central Asian region.

The evolving relations between Iran and Afghanistan present a complex tableau of geopolitical and economic dynamics. As the region grapples with these issues, the actions of these nations will shape the course of their bilateral relations and the broader regional landscape.

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