Rahmani Fazli

Iran urges neighbors, Int’l bodies to show resolve in war on drugs

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli described drug trafficking as a great threat posed to the entire region and even to the other parts of the world, and called on international bodies and certain neighboring countries to show resolve and determination in campaign against drug.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a visit to an exhibition on illegal drugs on Sunday, Fazli regretted that some of Iran’s neighboring states have not fulfilled their previous commitments and are not cooperating properly with Iran on fight against drug-trafficking.

The minister referred to Afghanistan as an example noting that Kabul, for instance, has not only failed to stop its poppy cultivation, but has also increased its production to 7,500 tons.

The Iranian minister called on the international community to help promote fight against drugs.

The minister also criticized world countries for not taking the issue seriously.

Iran spends billions of dollars and has lost thousands of its police troops in the war against traffickers. Owing to its rigid efforts, Iran makes 81 percent of the world’s total opium seizures and has turned into the leading country in drug campaign.

Sistan and Balouchestan province, where Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan come together, has porous borders, where bandits and drug traffickers operate despite frequent entanglements and intense efforts of the Iranian law enforcement police.

Nearly 4,000 Iranian security personnel have been killed fighting drug smugglers since Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Iran has recently established a central database and strengthened police-judiciary cooperation in a new effort to combat organized crime.

By Fars News Agency


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