Iran stresses Pakistan and Afghanistan cooperation to control drug smuggling

Tehran expected Islamabad to tighten security control over regions bordering Iran, and to strengthen its cooperation with Iran to better fight the illegal drugs smuggling through the corridor, Eskandar Momeni, Secretary General of Iran’s Drug Control Headquarters said in a meeting in Tehran.

‘The smugglers, unfortunately, use Pakistan as a safe region to smuggle illegal drugs into Iran,’ Eskandar Momeni said at a meeting with Pakistani delegation attending the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND).

‘Iran is ready to cooperate bilaterally on borders security, intelligence and operations, with the aim of spotting international smuggling gangs, as well as decreasing demand for the drugs,’ Momeni said.

Referring to the friendly ties between Iran and Pakistan, he said that the two countries will be harmed by the repercussions of illegal drugs production and trade.

He emphasized the importance of Afghanistan’s cooperation in the fight against illegal drugs.

The Iranian official also discussed ways of cooperation with Portugal and Indonesia at separate meetings on the sidelines of CND meeting in Vienna.

The 62nd ministerial meeting of CND was held on March 14-15.

The Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) was established by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) resolution in 1946 as an entity for assisting cooperation on drug control treaties.

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