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Tue, 07/19/2011 - 11:57
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FM Stresses Effects of Anti-Narcotics Efforts on War on Terrorism

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi underscored the importance of campaign against drug-trafficking and production for the effectiveness of counter-terrorist measures.
In a meeting with Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Yuri Fedotov, Salehi referred to the close connection between terrorism and drug-trafficking and emphasized the necessity of playing an active role by international players with regards to narcotics business.

The top Iranian official also called for the support of the international community for Iran's anti-drug efforts.

Also on Monday, Secretary-General of Iran's Anti-Drug Headquarters Mostafa Mohammad Najjar complained that Iran is paying heavy costs for its campaign against narcotics, while it receives very small international support in its war on drugs.

"The equipments and possibilities which are needed for campaign against drugs and provided by the international community for Iran are insignificant, " Najjar, who is also Iran's Interior Minister, said in a meeting Fedotov here in Tehran.

"These aids and assistances have so far been little, and rather symbolic," he reiterated, and called on the international community to boost its support for Iran's anti-narcotics efforts.

According to the UNODC, these days, 93 percent of the world's opium is produced in Iran's neighboring country Afghanistan, 60% of which is destined for the EU and specially the US markets, and the main transit route is Iran, where the country's dedicated police squad risk their lives to make the most discoveries of drug cargoes, disband drug-trafficking gangs and organizations and much more in a bid to rescue not only the Iranian youth but also all those living in Europe and the US.