Iran calls for NATO support in fighting drug trafficking in Afghanistan

15:04, July 21, 2011      

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called for cooperation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) forces in Afghanistan in fighting drug trafficking in the country, the local satellite Press TV reported on Wednesday.

If "10 percent of the costs of war in Afghanistan was allocated to controlling opium cultivation in this country, a major part of poppy cultivation and drug trafficking would be controllable," Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Wednesday.

Tehran is also ready to control opium cultivation in its neighboring country of Afghanistan, the Iranian president made the remarks in a meeting with visiting Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Yuri Fedotov.

"Today, the Iranian nation is fighting the transit of narcotics on behalf of a vast part of international community," Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying.

"Fighting drugs requires making political and economic decisions on international and regional levels," he added.

Fedotov, for his part, praised Iran's efforts in fighting drug trafficking and said the UNODC is determined to provide the Islamic Republic with necessary support, particularly the equipment for controlling borders, according to Press TV.

Iran is located at the crossroad of international drug smuggling from Afghanistan, the world's top opium producer, to Europe.

Source: Xinhua
 
 
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