Iran Blames US, NATO for Increased Drug Trafficking in Afghanistan
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's Deputy Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Rayeesi took Washington and NATO responsible for increased drug trafficking in Afghanistan, and warned that drug production has undergone a 40-fold increase since the US invasion of the country in 2001.
"The main reason for the considerable increase in narcotics is the presence of foreign forces, specially the US and the NATO (forces) and today drug production and trade are done under the control and supervision of the Americans," Rayeesi said on Sunday.
He also opposed any interference by the foreign forces in resolving the problem of drug and drug trafficking in Afghanistan, and said solving this problem does not need the interference of trans-regional states, and Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan are merely entitled to settle this issue.
Eastern Iran borders Afghanistan, which is the world's number one opium and drug producer. Iran's geographical position has made the country a favorite transit corridor for drug traffickers who intend to smuggle their cargoes from Afghanistan to drug dealers in Europe.
Iran spends billions of dollars and has lost thousands of its police troops in the war against traffickers. Owing to its rigid efforts, Iran makes 85 percent of the world's total opium seizures and has turned into the leading country in drug campaign.
Over the past five years, it has contributed more than $50 million annually to Afghan anti-narcotics efforts, but Iranian police officials maintain that drug production in Afghanistan has undergone a 40-fold increase since the US-led invasion of the country in 2001.