Calm ‘restored’ at tense Afghanistan-Iran border crossing

Calm has reportedly returned to the Afghanistan-Iran border area in Nimroz province region after heavy clashes broke out between border forces on Saturday.

Alireza Marhamati, the deputy governor of Sistan and Baluchistan for security and law enforcement affairs, said on Saturday night that the situation was under control.

He also said local officials from both countries held talks on the cause of the clashes, and agreed to continue their discussions, Iranian media reported Sunday.

Two Iranian border guards were killed in the skirmish, Iran’s media reported.

A spokesman for the Taliban-run interior ministry, Abdul Nafi Takor, also said one Taliban guard had been killed in the clashes with Iranian forces.

On Saturday, Iran closed the Milak border crossing with Afghanistan, a major trade route, “until further notice,” following the clashes.

It was not however clear whether the border crossing had reopened by Sunday morning.

Tensions have escalated between the two neighbors in recent months over what the Iranian authorities say is the Taliban’s failure to honor a 1973 water-sharing treaty. Iranian authorities say that the Taliban are restricting the flow of water from the Helmand River to Iran’s arid eastern regions.