0659 GMT October 31, 2020
During a meeting with Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Mohsen Baharvand in Vienna, Waly expressed the UN’s readiness for joint campaign with Iran against drug smuggling and human trafficking, according to IRNA.
She described Iran as an important country for the UNODC which has so far taken extensive measures for fighting illicit drug trafficking and the related crimes.
Iranian official, for his part, pointed to the casualties and property loss Iran suffered in its fighting against drug traffickers, urging the international community and the UNODC to pay more serious attention to this issue.
The Iranian diplomat also elaborated the impact of illegal sanctions imposed by the United States on Iran’s campaign against the phenomenon.
Baharvand noted that in addition to the importance of making efforts to lift such cruel sanctions, decisions should be also made for providing the countries like Iran with necessary equipment for the fight against smugglers.
Iran, which has a 900-kilometer common border with Afghanistan, has been used as the main conduit for smuggling Afghan drugs to kingpins in Europe.
Afghanistan is the biggest producer of opium in the world.
Despite high economic and human costs, the Islamic Republic has been actively fighting drug trafficking over the past decades.
The war on drug trade originating from Afghanistan has claimed the lives of nearly 4,000 Iranian police officers over the past four decades.