Tehran (IP) - The Spokesman for Iran's Foreign Ministry said the Islamic Republic would welcome the remarks of Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani to turn water into a matter of cooperation between the two countries.

Iran PressIran news: Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Wednesday that the water share was an issue that Iran and Afghanistan had been negotiating for a long time and that supplying the share was also of concern to the government of Afghanistan.

On the occasion of the opening of Kamal Khan Dam in Afghanistan, Saeed Khatibzadeh stressed that the Helmand River had a defined legal regime, according to which Iran's water share was fully determined.

The Kamal Khan Dam on the Helmand River, 18 kilometers south of the city of Zaranj, the capital of Nimruz province in southwestern Afghanistan, was inaugurated on Wednesday in the presence of President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani.

The Iranian diplomat noted that the drying up of the Hamun Lake, where the Helmand River enters, would cause serious damage to people on both sides of the border, including sandstorms.

According to an agreement signed between the two countries in 1972, Iran's water share is fully defined and the Afghan government is committed to the water share rights, he said.