Afghanistan’s Poppy Legalization Council Dismantled by Iran

A0153203.jpgTEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- Secretary General of Iran’s anti-drug headquarters said Tehran’s efforts and consultations convinced Afghanistan to close down the council which aimed to legalize opium poppy cultivation in that country.

Fada Hosein Maleki further noted the activities of the French Institute ‘Senseless’ which pursued to legalize poppy farming in Afghanistan as well as the grave consequences that such an action could have for Iran if it was approved, and said, “We stated our direct and strong opposition to the idea right from the beginning, while we maintained our extensive consultations with Afghan officials, which fortunately resulted in the closure of the said institute in Afghanistan.”

Turning to the activities and programs of his headquarters at the domestic level, the official said that the Anti-Drug Headquarters of the country has carried out vital activities under the new administration, among which he said the most important has been the approval of the ruling system’s general policies for waging campaign against illicit drugs by the state Expediency Council.

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