0235 GMT April 21, 2021
"Despite more than a decade of efforts to block the fight against narcotics, the Islamic Republic of Iran has made good progress (in this regard)," he said in the specialized meeting on the actions and achievements of Iran in the field of international cooperation in the fight against drugs, Mehr News Agency reported.
"The world has been fighting against drugs for more than a century, but unfortunately we are witnessing an increase in the production, trafficking and consumption of drugs so that in the last 10 years, drug consumption has doubled," he added.
"Meanwhile, in Afghanistan, we are witnessing an increasing production of traditional and industrial narcotics, which in the last two decades, with the presence of the occupiers in this country, production and cultivation has increased about 50 times," Momeni noted.
He emphasized that Iran will continue to fight against drugs with all its might.
"Despite the difficult situation caused by the pandemic, Iran managed to confiscate 1,200 tons of narcotics in 2020 which indicates a 41% increase compared to the corresponding period last year. This shows Iran's adherence to international obligations."
"Unfortunately, this year we had nine martyrs and dozens wounded in the fight against drugs," he added.
Iran, which has a 900-kilometer common border with Afghanistan, has been used as the main conduit for smuggling Afghan drugs to narcotics kingpins in Europe.
Despite high economic and human costs, Tehran has been actively fighting drug-trafficking over the past decades.
The war on drug trade originating from Afghanistan has claimed the lives of nearly 4,000 Iranian police officers over the past four decades.