Russia, Iran to sign anti-drug deal

January 23rd, 2012 - 9:07 pm ICT by IANS  

Moscow, Jan 23 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russia and Iran are all set to sign an agreement to handle drug-trafficking, extremism and cyber crimes.

Iran, which shares a 900-km border with the world’s biggest drug producer Afghanistan, is ready to sign the deal with Russia during the Iranian Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar’s ongoing three-day visit to Moscow to meet his Russian counterpart Rashid Nurgaliyev.

“We are interested in combating the narcotics trade and in preparing staff for this purpose as well as tackling extremism… and considering IT-security issues, including the Internet,” Nurgaliyev said.

A Russian official said that the agreement would be signed after consultation with the Iranian side.

The war on the drugs trade originating in Afghanistan has claimed lives of nearly 3,700 Iranian police officers over the last three decades, Iranian Press TV reported Monday.

Russia, which is the main conduit of drugs originating in Afghanistan, holds the first place worldwide for the number of heroin addicts per capita. Over 90 percent of drug addicts in the country use heroin.

According to UN statistics, there are 2.5 million drug addicts and over 5.1 million drug users in the country.

–IANS/RIA Novosti

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