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Kabul, Tehran to establish joint anti-narcotics body

AT-KABUL: Afghanistan and Iran are all set to establish a joint anti-drugs committee to counter the narcotics trafficking and improve intelligence sharing in this aspect.

Commander of the anti-narcotics squad of Iran’s Law Enforcement Police, General Ali Moayyedi, said that establishment of the joint committee would improve coordination between the two sides in anti-narcotics drives.

“Iran and Afghanistan will set up a joint committee to deal with issues related to the narcotics. Iran has created a strong dam against the flow of the narcotics to the country and the Afghan government and police have been good friends of Iran in this regard,” Gen. Moayyedi told news reporters after meeting with Afghanistan’s Deputy Interior Minister General Ahmadi in Tehran on Sunday.

He said that Afghan and Iranian counter-narcotics police have had good cooperation in conducting joint operations and exchange of intelligence.

In April, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced that Tehran and Kabul have agreed to launch intelligence and operational cooperation in their fight against terrorism and drug trafficking.

President Rouhani’s announcement was made at a joint press conference with his Afghan counterpart Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in Tehran.

“In our talks we agreed on intelligence and operational cooperation between Iran and Afghanistan in fighting terrorism and drug trafficking along borders,” President Rouhani said after meeting his Afghan counterpart.

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