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Regional cooperation in war on drugs stressed

Regional cooperation in war on drugs stressed

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Mar 10, 2011 - 17:21

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The war on the illegal drug commerce could not be without help from regional countries, a senior interior ministry official said on Thursday.

Over the past two weeks, counternarcotics police of Iran and Afghanistaninfo-icon had been carrying out an operation against drug dealers in Iran, the deputy interior minister told a press conference.

Without giving further details, Lt. Gen. Baz Mohammad Ahmadi said that regional cooperation was central to combating the menace. "Over the past six months, we have seen better coordination with Iran, which led to great achievements."

In order to strengthen regional cooperation in preventing drug traffickers from crossing the border, he said counter narcotics official of Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistaninfo-icon and Tajikistan would meet in Kabul in less than two months' time.

"If there is no coordination among regional countries, controlling the borders will become difficult," said Ahmadi, who revealed 100 operations had been conducted against "drug mafia" over the past 15 days in different parts of the country.

"Unlike past actions, which ended up in the arrest low-level drug mafia members, the 100 operations led to capturing big fish," he said, adding 117 drug smugglers had been netted, most of them on the Afghanistan-Iran border.

Fourteen tonnes and 280 kilograms of opium, two tonnes and 268 kilograms of heroin, nine tonnes and nine kilograms of hashish, three tonnes and 70 kilograms of chemical material, 310 bottles of alcohol and 30 vehicles were also seized, he said.

Ahmadi asked the international community and neighbouring countries to help Afghan counter narcotics police with equipment and boosting their capacity.

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