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Tehran, Sofia to bolster ties on fight against drugs

TEHRAN, Oct. 04 (MNA) – Chief of Iran’s Anti-Drug Police Brigadier General Ali Moayyedi has arrived in the Bulgarian capital to attend the 8th meeting of the Joint Iran-Bulgaria Commission.

General Moayyedi is slated to meet with officials in the Balkan nation in a bid to investigate venues for increased technical cooperation in the field of fight against drugs.

During his three-day stay in Sofia, Commander of the anti-narcotics squad of Iran's Law Enforcement Police will meet with officials at Police, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Customs of Bulgaria.

The visit is being made at official invitation of senior commissar and director-general for combating organized crime at the Ministry of the Interior of Bulgaria. The official visit also resides within the frameworks of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) inked between the two countries for holding joint meetings aimed at developing and deepening bilateral cooperation in the field of counter-narcotics.

Given the decisive role of the Islamic Republic of Iran in combating smuggling of narcotics from the origin of Afghanistan to Europe, the Balkan countries, including Bulgaria, while appreciating Iran's role, tend to play decisive and influential roles in the fights against drug trafficking through extensive communications on counter-narcotics with our country.

Prior to his visit to Sofia, General Ali Moayyedi said Iran also attached great importance to interaction with Bulgaria on comprehensive anti-drug campaign “therefore, we intend to perform practical exchanges of information as much as possible.”

“We need to examine and determine various ways through which we can exchange operational, bilateral, timely, and effective information aimed at targeting regional and international drug trafficking gangs,” he continued.

He warned that steps taken by the international community and the countries involved in the Counter-Narcotics Program in Afghanistan have been ineffective as presence of foreign troops has merely led to relocation of growing areas in the country.

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