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Drug Production in Afghanistan Poses Threats to the World: Iran Envoy

Iran’s permanent representative to the United Nations Saeed Iravani on Wednesday at the Security Council Meeting expressed concerns over Daesh and Al Qaeda and the expansion of drug production in Afghanistan.

Sayeed Iravani said the neighboring states and regional countries feel seriously threatened from the growing terrorist groups in Afghanistan.

Iran’s envoy to the UN said that drug trafficking has not been fully eradicated from Afghanistan, and the illegal business still continues in this country. Mr. Iravani further expressed concerns over the expansion of testing labs of processed drugs such as methamphetamine in Afghanistan, according to Sharq daily.

Additionally, Iran’s envoy criticized Taliban’s repressive police towards women and the group’s reluctance to form an all-inclusive government in which different ethnic groups, political factions, women and youth could see them represented.

“Afghan authorities deliberately are trying to destroy linguistic, cultural and historical ties of Afghans with Persian language and impose the dominant Pashtun culture on other ethnic groups” quoting Iravani, Sharq daily reported.

Iravani also accused the Taliban group for changing the demographic structure of the provinces with predominantly Hazara and Tajik populations.

Therefore, Iravani asked the international community to have “constructive interaction” with the Taliban – adding further isolating the de facto regime of Taliban is not in the interest of the people of Afghanistan.

Iran’s envoy at the United Nations expressed optimism about Afghanistan’s economy and called that “freezing assets and imposing unilateral sanctions” have led to poverty and humanitarian crisis in the country.