0558 GMT February 22, 2020
Alex P. Schmid, who was speaking in a meeting with Director General of Iran's Anti-Narcotics Headquarters for International Relations Mahmoud Bayat, further said that European Union has positive evaluation of Iran’s performance in the anti-narcotics fight.
He also said European Commission is eager to earmark new funds to Iran for the purpose.
Countries such as Denmark, Sweden and Norway are ready to allocate the credit to Iran, he added.
Schmid said UNODC representative in Tehran would be assigned by mid-November.
“We will point to Iran’s role in fight against narcotics in Brussels conference, because the results of the upcoming event will have positive impact on the annual gathering of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in Vienna.”
Also, Bayat thanked the efforts of UNODC Office for choosing a representative in Tehran and securing the budget for implementing joint anti-narcotic program.
“It is obvious that anti-narcotics fight is a global issue which cannot be handled by a single country.”
Iran, which has a 900-kilometer common border with Afghanistan, has been used as the main conduit for smuggling Afghan drugs to narcotics kingpins in Europe.
Despite high economic and human costs, the Islamic Republic has actively been fighting drug trafficking over the past three decades.
Iran has spent more than $700 million to seal the borders and prevent the transit of narcotics destined for European, Arab and Central Asian countries. The war on drug trade originating from Afghanistan has claimed the lives of nearly 4,000 Iranian police officers over the past decades.