Tehran (IP) - The Head of Iran's Anti-Narcotics Police Colonel Majid Karimi and the Deputy Minister for Counter-Narcotics of the Interior Ministry of Afghanistan, Mohammad Hashim Ortaq, in a meeting today here in Tehran, emphasized joint promotion cooperation between the two countries in the fight against drug trafficking and transit.

Iran PressIran News: "Unfortunately, more than 500 kilometers of the border between the two countries have been abandoned by Afghanistan, and now the common borders are controlled only by Iran," Majid Karimi, head of Iran's anti-narcotics police, said.

Referring to the high poppy cultivation and opium production in Afghanistan, Karimi said: "There is a need for more effective cooperation between the two countries' police to combat drug trafficking and transit. In this regard, the Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to help the Afghan police."

The head of Iran's anti-narcotics police said it was necessary to establish intelligence and operational committees between the Iranian and Afghan anti-narcotics police, adding: "The lack of Afghan border guards at the common border has caused terrorist groups to move on the two borders."

The Deputy Minister for Counter-Narcotics of the Interior Ministry of Afghanistan, Mohammad Hashim Ortaq, while acknowledging the production of 84% of the world's narcotics in his country, said: "Due to the presence of Taliban forces in some border areas and provinces of Afghanistan, the country faces some difficulties."

Hashim Ortaq also referred to the destruction of 52 Methamphetamine laboratories. He expressed hope that by amending the anti-narcotics laws, part of the existing gaps would be eliminated, and more effective steps would be taken to deal with drug traffickers.

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