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News number: 9101141291

11:55 | 2012-04-11

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Iran, Qatar Agree on Closer Cooperation against Narcotics

TEHRAN (FNA)- Top Iranian and Qatari police commanders inked an agreements for stronger cooperation between the two countries against narcotics.



The agreement was signed by Iran's Police Chief Brigadier General Esmayeel Ahmadi Moqaddam and Director-General of Qatar's Public Security (Police Chief) Saad Bin Jassim Al Khulaifi in Tehran on Tuesday evening.

The Iranian Police Chief said the two countries attached high importance to controlling their joint sea borders and combating organized crimes.

On Monday, Khulaifi praised Iran's major role in the global campaign against narcotics, and appreciated the Iranian police for blocking the transit of illicit drugs from Afghanistan to the Persian Gulf littoral states, including Qatar.

"We are well-aware that a major part of the campaign against drug-trafficking relies on Iran and Iran has been able to control its border crossings very well," Khulaifi said at a meeting with commander of the anti-narcotics squad of Iran's Law Enforcement Police General Ali Moayyedi.

He further pointed to Iran's police measures against the transit of drugs through the Persian Gulf, and stated, "Drug caravans have changed their route and moved towards free waters after Iran sealed its borders. Thus, the Iranian police have been able to lower drug-trafficking to the Persian Gulf (littoral) states via sea routes."

The commander noted that cooperation between the Iranian and Qatari police in the campaign against drugs has zeroed drug-trafficking to Qatar.

The Iranian police measures along the country's Eastern borders have forced drug-traffickers to resort to other routes, including the Sea of Oman and the Persian Gulf, to smuggle their drug cargos which originate in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

According to the UNODC, these days, 93 percent of the world's opium is produced in Iran's neighboring country Afghanistan, 60% of which is destined for the EU and specially the US markets, and the main transit route is Iran, where the country's dedicated police squad risk their lives to make the most discoveries of drug cargoes, disband drug-trafficking gangs and organizations and much more in a bid to rescue not only the Iranian youth but also all those living in Europe and the US.