Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the President of Uzbekistan, stated that the Taliban are constructing the Qosh Tepa Canal, which he said could change the water balance in Central Asia.
He made these statements yesterday September 15 at the fifth Central Asian Leader’s Summit in Dushanbe City, Tajikistan.
The president of Uzbekistan proposed to the member countries of this meeting to create a joint group regarding the problem that occurred in the Qosh Tepa Canal.
“I consider it necessary to form a joint group to examine all aspects of the Qosh Tepa canal construction and its impact on the Amu Darya water region,” he pointed up.
The Uzbek President suggested that the participation of the Taliban in the regional dialogues regarding the use of water resources should be considered.
After coming to power in Afghanistan, the Taliban regime started the construction of this canal in the north of the country in March 2022, and Abdul Ghani Baradar, Taliban’s Deputy Prime Minister said: “This project can boost Afghanistan’s agriculture sector”.
On the other hand, In February 2023, the Economist magazine in an analysis wrote that although the Qosh Tepa Canal, benefits Afghan farmers, but it can fuel conflict and tension with countries such as Uzbekistan.