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16:45 | 2012-11-10


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Iran to Participate in Islamabad Anti-Narcotics Conference

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar is due to visit Pakistan in the next few days t attend a regional conference on campaign against narcotics.

Director-General of the Public Relations Department of Iran's Anti-Narcotics Headquarters Farzin Rahim-Nazari said that Mohammad Najjar, who is also Secretary-General of Iran's Anti-Narcotics Headquarters, will participate in the conference at the head of a delegation.

He added that senior officials from the participating states will convene in Islamabad on Monday to draft a final statement for the ministerial meeting due to be held on Tuesday.

He added that the conference is aimed at strengthening regional cooperation through adopting a balanced, coordinated and unified strategy against narcotics and hallucinating drugs, reinvigorating the countries' national capacities and discussing the prospects of regional cooperation on finding practical, durable and comprehensive ways of dealing with multifaceted challenges in the war on drug plantation, demand and trafficking.

Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari had earlier this month invited Iran to participate in the conference.

Ministers from twelve regional countries would participate in the Regional Ministerial Conference on Counter-narcotics.

The Islamic Republic of Iran, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan have been invited to the conference.

Iran, located at the crossroad of international drug smuggling from Afghanistan to Europe leads international efforts in fighting drug networks and narcotic traffickers.

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 statistical figures released by the UN, Iran ranks first among the world countries in preventing entry of drugs and decreasing demand for narcotics.

The anti-drug squads of the Iranian Law Enforcement Police have intensified their countrywide campaign against drug-trafficking through staging long-term systematic operations since last two years.