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Iran, Afghanistan to bolster cooperation against drug trafficking

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    Iran, Afghanistan to bolster cooperation against drug trafficking

    TEHRAN, Dec. 24 (Xinhua) -- Iran and Afghanistan underlined the necessity to bolster their cooperation against drug trafficking, the semi-official Fars news agency reported on Thursday.

    The agreements were reached at a meeting in Tehran on Wednesday between Iran's Prosecutor General Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei and an Afghan judiciary delegation headed by the country's anti-drug prosecutor, the report said.

    During the meeting, the two sides stressed the need for bilateral judicial contacts and the importance to cooperate against illicit drugs, said the report.

    According to Fars, Iran alone makes 85 percent of the world's total opium seizures. During the past Iranian year which ended on March 20, 2009, Iran seized more than 1,000 tons of opium smuggled from Afghanistan.

    Iran is located at the crossroad of international drug smuggling from Afghanistan, the world's top opium producer, to Europe.

    Iranian officials have warned the West, especially European states, against the devastating outcomes of the ongoing growth in the production of illicit drugs in Afghanistan.



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