Dec 5, 2017, 12:48 AM
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Larijani: Iran, Russia at frontline of fighting terrorism

Moscow, Dec 5, IRNA – Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani said that Iran and Russia are at the frontline of fighting terrorism and have close cooperation in the field.

Larijani who is currently in Moscow to attend the International Conference on Fighting Drugs commented on Iran-Russian cooperation in fighting terrorism, drug trafficking, Iran’s measures to fight terrorists in Syria and prospects of Tehran-Moscow collaboration in the field of investment in an interview with the Russian News Agency TASS on Monday.

Larijani said that Iran has undertaken a serious campaign against drug trafficking, as it is currently at the frontline of fighting drugs.

In recent years, Iran parliament has approved fundamental laws for fighting drug trafficking and has set up National Headquarters for Fighting Drugs under president.

Since the country has long borders with Afghanistan from which drugs are smuggled to European states and Russia, Iran’s security organizations are working hard to tackle the issue, he said.

Larijani further noted that the US’ forces entered Afghanistan under the pretext of fighting terrorism and drugs, but the western troops have not only failed to overcome Taliban and Al-Qaeda, but also the terrorist outfit has attracted many other terrorists which are active in Syria, Yemen and Libya.

Despite US’ presence in Afghanistan for 16 years to fight terrorism, some 14 Afghan provinces are currently controlled by terrorists, he said.

As to the production of drugs, Iran’s top-ranking official said that in 2001, some 200 tons of opium were produced in the country while the figure currently stands at 9,000 tons, up by 45-fold.

The reason behind the situation is that NATO assumes no responsibility to that effect, he said.

Currently, 400 opium-producing centers are operating in the country and NATO sees them and can stop them but it is not known why it takes no action, Larijani said.

Why can they bomb wedding ceremonies of Afghans and take no action to block the drug-producing centers? he wondered.

Larijani contended that fighting drug smuggling requires sense of responsibility by the international community.

Narcotics are bound for European states but what role they play in fighting drugs is not known, he said, noting that Iran has had over 13,000 martyrs in clashes with death merchants.

As to prospects of cooperation between Iran and Russia in fighting drugs, he said that mutual cooperation is important, as there is no hope western states would do anything.

Commenting on fighting the scourge of terrorism, Larijani said that Iran and Russia are at the frontline of fighting terrorism while the other countries just talk about it.

Various alliances have been forged for the purpose, but they are just on the paper and have done nothing in practice, he lamented.

Noting that terrorist groups have suffered serious blows in Syria and Iraq, Larijani wondered whether such actions have managed to bring terrorism to an end, saying that the reality is that terrorists have yet other footholds in Syria and they will also infiltrate other countries.

That’s for the same reason that fighting terrorism has not come to an end, Larijani said.

Asked about Tehran-Moscow cooperation, he said that Iran and Russia hold big oil and gas reserves and Russian companies can invest in Iranian projects.

The investments can be made in other fields such as energy, railway and road construction in Iran, Larijani said.

Larijani, currently in Moscow, said in an address to the international conference ‘Members of Parliament vs. Drugs' parliamentary groups should be formed for following anti-narcotics actions.

The international confab held on Monday brought together 500 parliamentary officials including speakers from 44 countries.

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