Afghan minister: Iran-Afghanistan cooperating to curb narcotics
Afghanistan's Minister of Counter Narcotics said here Wednesday Iran and Afghanistan are cooperating in an effective manner to curb the menace of narcotics.
Talking to IRNA after the Regional Ministerial Conference on Counter-narcotics, Zarar Ahmed Moqbel said that cooperation between Iran and Afghanistan to eliminate the menace of drug trafficking is producing positive results.
He said that Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan would meet in Tehran at trilateral conference on December 17-19 with United Nations Office for Drug Control (UNODC) to view the level of cooperation in combating drug trafficking among regional states.
The minister viewed that such conferences provide an opportunity for intelligence sharing on counter narcotics.
Zarar Ahmed Moqbel went on to say that the menace of narcotics can be eliminated with the cooperation of all the countries of the region.
Afghanistan's Minister of Counter Narcotics also said that in past six years Afghanistan has been able to control the poppy production upto 40 percent. "This is a sensitive issue and needs to be properly addressed," he said.
Zarar Ahmed Moqbel said that the reduction in the poppy production has increased the price of poppy which is attracting the poppy producers.
The minister said that Afghan government is making efforts to stop poppy production and drug trafficking in Afghanistan.
He added that a chemical used to make heroine from poppy comes from outside Afghanistan. "I cannot name any particular country where this chemical is produced but it is available in South East Asian countries," said the minister.
Answering to a question he said that Afghan government is making all out efforts to stop poppy production in Afghanistan.
He pointed out that Taliban and enemies of Afghanistan are taking advantage of the situation of Afghanistan and encouraging poppy production in the country for their own objectives.