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“Counter-Narcotic Should be Exceptional,” Dr. Abdullah

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Wednesday October 10, 2018

Kabul (BNA) In a meeting to review regional strategy on counter-narcotic, Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah said cooperation morale among countries on fighting drugs should not be affected by other issues, BNA reported.
CE Abdullah pointed out that a number of countries doesn’t take the least responsibility, but they always blame Afghanistan. The strategy’s codification aims to create coordination and carry out joint regional and international activities on fighting drugs. CE said narcotics were trans-border and global threat which need further focus and attention to review past successful and failed experiences. He added one of the reasons behind continued war in Afghanistan is supporting terrorist groups by revenue earns through narcotics. Thus, ensuring peace is related to our success level in fighting drugs, he stated. Minister of counter-narcotic, Salamat Azimi said decreasing aids and increasing narcotics’ cultivation and production would help strengthen terrorist factions. She added poverty, organized crimes, unemployment, insecurity and instability have direct links with narcotics that threaten families’ health worldwide. Calling world financial and technical assistances effective on counter-narcotic, she asked for further attention by international community. Afterwards, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) representative Mark Colhoun said narcotics production has increased in Afghanistan, adding 31 million of narco-addicts need immediate recovery and 450,000 other die each year. UNODC regional in-charge said we had different plans to enforce law and concentrate regional and world countries’ activities. Likewise, welcoming the strategy, other countries’ ambassadors and international organizations’ representatives shared their views in the respect. Dr. Abdullah said the national unity government’s commitment is firm and sustainable on fighting narcotics. The meeting was attended by ambassadors, representatives of international and regional countries and government relevant organs.

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