0758 GMT July 19, 2018
Iran and Afghanistan held a meeting on defense-security cooperation in Tehran.
A high-ranking Iranian delegation led by Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi along with an Afghan delegation attended the meeting, the Foreign Ministry’s official website reported.
The two sides discussed ways to tackle security threats in the region, including the threats of terrorism and drug trafficking.
They also held talks over controlling borders and combating organized crime.
Since the US invasion in 2001, Afghanistan has become less stable due to Taliban activity, growing illegal drug production, and a fragile government undercut by foreign military operations.
Iran, which has a 900-kilometer common border with Afghanistan, is used as the main conduit for smuggling Afghan drugs to drug kingpins in Europe.
Iran has spent colossal amounts of money to seal the borders and prevent the transit of narcotics destined for European, Arab and Central Asian countries. The war on drug trade originating in Afghanistan has claimed the lives of thousands of Iranian police officers over the past four decades.