Drug trafficking from Afghanistan continues, says CSTO

KABUL (SW) – The heads of the member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization have expressed their concern about the continuation of drug trafficking from Afghanistan to Central Asian countries.

The meeting of the heads of member states of this organization was held on Friday in the city of Minsk, the capital of Belarus.

In a statement published on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, it is stated: “We are aware of the challenges related to drug trafficking from Afghanistan. We express concern about methamphetamine, cocaine, hashish and other types of industrial drugs.”

In this meeting, Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and other heads of member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization emphasized to strengthen joint cooperation to fight against drugs at the global level.

Meanwhile, Basmullah Habib, the deputy spokesman of the Ministry of Interior, emphasizing the eradication of drug cultivation and trafficking from Afghanistan, says that other countries have also confirmed the significant reduction of drug plantations in this country.

He adds: “Our determination is serious in the fight against drugs and there will be no threat in the field of drug trafficking from Afghanistan to other countries.”

On the other hand, some analysts of political issues say that the concern of Central Asian countries about drug smuggling from Afghanistan is far from reality and is caused by political goals.

Yusuf Amin Zazi, an analyst of political issues, says: “Accusing Afghanistan on behalf of the region and the world mostly pursues political goals and is not based on facts.”

It should be mentioned that before this, Emam Ali Rahman, the President of Tajikistan, said at the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly that this country has seized more than 10 tons of narcotics in the last two years on the border with Afghanistan.