Tajik, Afghan anti-drug chiefs confer in Dushanbe

Staff Report

DUSHANBE -- The chiefs of Tajikistan and Afghanistan's anti-drug agencies September 20 in Dushanbe conferred on ways to fight the drug trade, reported September 21, quoting the Tajik Drug Control Agency (AKN) press office.

AKN Director Sherkhon Salimzoda told the Afghan delegation about the Tajik government's initiatives in fighting drugs, the drug situation in Tajikistan and Central Asia, and the security situation on the Tajik-Afghan border, reported.

This year, Tajik and Afghan forces have conducted 11 joint anti-drug operations and have seized 446kg of drugs, the Tajiks said, adding that the joint forces made 11 arrests and destroyed a heroin lab.

Afghan Counter Narcotics Minister Salamat Azimi expressed gratitude to the AKN for its help in training Afghan law enforcement personnel and said the Afghan government intends to stabilise Afghanistan by blocking the smuggling of drugs.

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