Tehran, Moscow share views on fighting drugs: Iran minister
Mon Jan 21, 2013 9:43AM
Tehran and Moscow share the same views on fighting international terrorism, drug smuggling and many [other] issues.” Iran's Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad-NajjarIran's Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar says Tehran and Moscow hold common views in the fight against international terrorism and drug trafficking. “Tehran and Moscow share the same views on fighting international terrorism, drug smuggling and many [other] issues,” Mohammad-Najjar said in a meeting with his visiting Russian counterpart Vladimir Alexandrovich Kolokoltsev on Monday. During the meeting, the officials discussed ways to widen the Tehran-Moscow relations, the implementation of security and border agreements between the two countries as well as regional developments.
Kolokoltsev said Iran and Russia face common challenges and reiterated, “Today’s crimes, particularly the issue of anti-drug campaigns, human trafficking and terrorism require a swift reaction.”The Russian minister described the establishment of “legal unions” as "a first priority" for the enhancement of cooperation between Iran and Russia. He also said that the interior ministries of Iran and Russia enjoy “multi level cooperation in various fields,” adding that signing agreements can help strengthen cooperation between the two countries. Heading a political delegation, Kolokoltsev arrived in Tehran on Monday on a two-day official visit upon the invitation of the Iranian interior minister. This is the first visit to Iran by a Russian minister of internal affairs since the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979. Iran has a 900-kilometer border with Afghanistan, where narcotics production is very high. Smugglers have sought to use Iran as a main route to transfer drugs to Europe. The Islamic Republic has spent more than USD 700 million to seal the borders and prevent the transit of narcotics destined for European, Arab and Central Asian countries. The war on drug trade originating from Afghanistan has claimed the lives of nearly 4,000 Iranian police officers over the past 33 years. YH/HMV/HJL