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Iran, Russia discuss Afghanistan issues

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Moscow, April 6, IRNA -- Iranian and Russian representatives discussed bilateral, regional and international developments, the issue of war-torn Afghanistan in particular, here on Wednesday.

During the meeting held on the sidelines of a daylong meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) deputy foreign ministers in Moscow, Iran's visiting Deputy Foreign Minister Mohammad Ali Fat'hollahi and his Russian counterpart Alexey Borodavkin underlined the necessity of further cooperation among nations to help restore security and stability to the war-shattered country of Afghanistan.

The two sides also discussed the security issues facing Afghanistan including terrorism, drug trafficking, and extremism.

The two officials also underlined the necessity of the expansion and deepening of joint cooperation in anti-narcotics fields, campaign against drug-trafficking and other areas in a move to help establish peace, security and stability in Afghanistan.

The meeting of deputy foreign ministers of the observer and member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization opened in Moscow on Tuesday.

The SCO is an intergovernmental security organization that was founded in 2001 in Shanghai by leaders of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

Iran, India, Mongolia, and Pakistan are the observer states of this organization.

In December 2010, Iran and Russia signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation in campaigning against narcotics and drug-traffickers.

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 campaign against illicit drugs.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 30326388

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