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Countries assist Iran in combating drugs: Official

Moscow, The deputy of Iran's foreign minister for legal affairs stated that all countries that are taking advantage of Iran's efforts to prevent the transfer of narcotics to their land are obliged to provide Tehran with technical and financial assistance.

Gholam Hossein Dehghani, who traveled to Russia to participate in the International Conference on the Illicit trafficking of weapons to terrorist, said this in a meeting with Deputy Secretary General and Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

He added that Iran has been at the forefront of counter-narcotics over the past decades and many of his forces have sacrificed their loved ones in the face sight of this horrible phenomenon noting that the increasing production of these drugs in Afghanistan and the activities of smugglers to transport them abroad are a serious threat to the security of Iran and other countries.

Referring to Iran's measures in the field of combating transnational organized crime and drug trafficking, Dehghani emphasized the close link between this phenomenon and terrorism, adding that today, especially in our region, one of the main sources of terrorist financing is drug trafficking in the region.

Deputy foreign minister of Iran stated, 'Obviously, the struggle of one country alone to combat drug trafficking and other transnational organized crime today is not and it requires strong international support and cooperation between countries in the region and the world.

He continued, 'Countries that have benefited most from Iran's sacrifices over the last few decades in preventing the transfer of narcotics through the country to their country, provide assistance and technology to Iran to deal with these criminals.'

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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