Armenia (IP): The Office of the Attorney General of Armenia has denied allegations made by President of Azerbaijan Republic Ilham Aliyev against Armenia and Iran, citing statistics on joint Tehran-Yerevan plans to combat drug trafficking.

Iran PressAsia: "In 2020, thirteen criminal cases were filed to combat drug trafficking on the Iranian-Armenian border, and 14 people were charged," the Office of the Attorney General of Armenia announced in a statement on Friday.

"In the first 9 months of 2021, 12 cases were investigated and 24 people, including citizens of Iran and Armenia, were charged," the statement reads.

Armenia says while a total of 157 kilograms of narcotics were discovered at the borders between 2017 and 2020, this figure has risen to 451 kilograms only in 2021.

The statement said: "All the statistics show that the allegations made by the President of Azerbaijan Republic are fabricated, and designed to discredit Iran and Armenia. Therefore, the claims are doomed to failure."

Aliyev recently claimed that Armenia and Iran had been using the Nagorno-Karabakh to smuggle drugs into Europe for years.

In response to Aliyev's allegations, Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan stated that Iran and Armenia were helping each other to fight drug trafficking. 

The Iranian Foreign Ministry later denied Aliyev's allegations.