Countering narcotics entails active diplomacy: Iran’s attorney general

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran’s Attorney General Ebrahim Rae’esi called on the country’s diplomatic bodies to use their professional capabilities to contribute to the fight against narcotics.

“On the issue of narcotics, a mere fight is not sufficient, but it requires a broader view, and the Foreign Ministry should use diplomacy to deal with the narcotics, so we would witness a counter-narcotics approach in an active diplomacy,” Rae’esi said on Saturday.

Back in March, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and executive director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Yury Fedotov, held a meeting in Austria to take a deeper look at the global efforts to fight against narcotics.

In the meeting, the two officials had exchanged views on the international efforts that are necessary to fight against the growing menace of drug-trafficking.

Fedotov, who is also director general of the United Nations Office at Vienna, has already praised Iran for its successful efforts at the anti-narcotics campaign.

“Iran takes a very active role to fight against illicit drugs,” he told reporters before an international meeting in Vienna on March 13-14 on global efforts to combat narcotics.

In recent decades, Iran has been hit by drug-trafficking, mainly because of its 936- kilometer shared border with Afghanistan, which supplies over 90% of the world’s opium, the raw ingredient of heroin.

Iran is on a major transit route for drugs being smuggled from Afghanistan to Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and the country’s war on drug-traffickers has claimed the lives of nearly 4,000 Iranian police forces over the past 34 years.

By Tasnim News Agency


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