Tehran, Moscow closely co­op­er­ate in drug fight

Tehran Times - - POLITICS -

TEHRAN — Ira­nian Par­lia­ment Speaker Ali Lar­i­jani said on Sun­day that Tehran and Moscow have es­tab­lished “com­pre­hen­sive co­op­er­a­tion” in fight­ing drug traf­fick­ing.

Lar­i­jani trav­eled to Moscow to at­tend the In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence on Fight­ing Drugs.

The con­fer­ence has brought to­gether par­lia­ment speak­ers from over 40 coun­tries, in­clud­ing Iran.

Upon his ar­rival at Vnukovo air­port in Moscow, Lar­i­jani high­lighted the ne­ces­sity of in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion in coun­ter­ing drug traf­fick­ing.

“Iran, Rus­sia and the re­gional coun­tries have the right to be more sen­si­tive about the is­sue of nar­cotics and should hold con­sul­ta­tions on fight­ing drug trade,” he said.

The top par­lia­men­tar­ian also said West­ern coun­tries should show more re­spon­si­bil­ity in the cam­paign against drug traf­fick­ing.

Be­fore head­ing to Rus­sia, Lar­i­jani said drugs are a ma­jor fi­nan­cial life­line for ter­ror­ist groups.

He also said the poppy fields in Afghanistan have in­creased greatly which will in ef­fect cause so­cial ills in other coun­tries, mostly those near to the Cen­tral Asian coun­try.

Afghanistan ac­count for about 90 per­cent of opium pro­duced in the world.

The cul­ti­va­tion of opium started in­creas­ing since the U.S. in­vaded Afghanistan in 2001.

Iran is at fore­front of the war against drug traf­fick­ing from Afghanistan. More than 4,000 Ira­nian se­cu­rity forces have lost their lives in fight against drug car­tels.

On the side­lines of the con­fer­ence on Mon­day, Lar­i­jani met with Chair­man of the State Duma Vy­ach­eslav Volodin.

He also met sep­a­rately with Speaker of the Na­tional As­sem­bly of Pak­istan Sar­dar Ayaz Sadiq.

The of­fi­cials dis­cussed bi­lat­eral re­la­tions.

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