0717 GMT January 29, 2022
Vahidi made the remarks on the sidelines of a meeting between Iran's Judiciary chief Gholamhossein Mohseni-Ejei and foreign ambassadors in Iran as well as heads of international organizations on Tuesday, according to Iran Press.
Vahidi noted that after the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, the production and export of narcotics increased in the Asian country, but no country held the US accountable for this crime.
"Iran should not fight against drugs alone. Other countries should also assist, and it is also possible to help those who fight against drugs by setting up a fund," the Iranian minister said.
He noted that it is possible to destroy narcotics farms in Afghanistan and instead develop agriculture in the country – a measure that will stop the trend of Afghans’ immigration to other countries.
Stressing that Iran is the second-largest host country to migrants, Vahidi said that about 3.5 million Afghan refugees live in Iran.
He said Iran's Interior Ministry is responsible for providing internal security and countering drug trafficking, organized crimes, smuggling, and terrorist activities.
The Iranian interior minister called on other countries to present their solutions to address these issues.
Iran, which has a 900-kilometer common border with Afghanistan, is used as a transit route for trafficking of narcotics drugs from Afghanistan to markets in Europe.
For decades, Iran has been fighting a relentless battle against international drug networks, but the war has cost it a lot both in human life and material losses, according to Press TV.
For instance, the country has spent more than $700 million on sealing its borders and preventing the transit of narcotics destined for European, Arab and Central Asian countries.
Iran's Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi speaks during a meeting between Iran's Judiciary chief Gholamhossein Mohseni-Ejei and foreign ambassadors in Iran as well as heads of international organizations in Tehran on November 9, 2021.