TEHRAN, Aug. 7 (MNA) - Majlis Speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel said on Tuesday that Iran has suffered a lot from opium cultivation and drug trafficking in Afghanistan.

“The production and trafficking of drugs in Afghanistan has inflicted great spiritual and material losses on the Iranian nation,” Haddad-Adel told a group of Afghan parliament representatives and senators visiting Iran.

 

He said that colonial powers are behind the scourge of drugs trafficking with the aim to “ruin the two countries’ youths.”

 

The speaker expressed hope that the Afghan government would succeed to remove hurdles hindering the development of the country especially its efforts to root out the production and trafficking of drugs.

 

Adel called Iran and Afghanistan as two great nations who enjoy language, religious and cultural affinities. “Unique and various affinities between the two neighboring countries of Iran and Afghanistan have brought the two Muslim nations closer together more than ever before.”

 

The Iranian top lawmaker went on to say that Iran has done whatever it could to help secure the neighboring country. “The Islamic Republic of Iran has left no stone unturned for brining stability and security to the war-torn country and has wished prosperity and welfare for the Afghan nation and government.”

 

The scholar-turned politician expressed concern over the spread of extremism in Afghanistan, saying, “The Afghan people, (national) assemblies and government should make great efforts for countering this trend.”

 

During the meeting two members of the Afghan Parliament and Senate praised the growing political, parliamentary, cultural and economic ties between the two countries and thanked the Islamic Republic’s contribution to the Afghan reconstruction and its efforts to establish peace and security in the country. They asked Iran to continue this policy.

 

The two legislators called the Afghan culture and literature an inseparable part of the Persian culture and literature and called for enhanced cultural and religious cooperation in line with enriching the Persian language.

 

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