Jul 14, 2018 08:14 Asia/Tehran
  • Iran, Afghanistan security meeting

In the meeting of defence-security cooperation, high-ranking officials from Iran and Afghanistan discussed ways to boost bilateral security ties.

The meeting was co-chaired by Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi and Deputy of Afghanistan's National Security Advisor's Office Yama Karzai on Friday in Tehran.

The two sides also discussed the problems and threats facing the region and the ways to counter the existing threats particularly those related to fight against terrorism and drug trafficking. 

Both countries highlighted the need to enhance consultations between responsible security organizations for border controls and fight against terrorism, drug trafficking, and organized crimes.

Since the US invasion in 2001, Afghanistan has become less stable due to Taliban activity, growing illegal drug production, and a fragile government undercut by foreign military operations. 

Iran, which has a 900-kilometer common border with Afghanistan, is used as the main conduit for smuggling Afghan drugs to drug kingpins in Europe.

Iran has spent colossal amounts of money to seal the borders and prevent the transit of narcotics destined for European, Arab and Central Asian countries. The war on drug trade originating in Afghanistan has claimed the lives of thousands of Iranian police officers over the past four decades