(Persia Digest) – A member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of Iran's Parliament believes: “Sanctioning Iran will have a negative impact on border security and drugs control, which in turn will adversely affect Europe.”
Speaking at the 2nd Conference of Speakers of Parliaments on 8 December 2018, the Iranian President warned countries sanctioning Iran that it will no longer be able to shield Europe from the rush of drugs, bombs, terrorism, and migration if its ability to do so is diminished. Rouhani added: “We do not expect the West to pay us for the security and stability that we have provided for them; but they must be aware that our capabilities to deal with drugs and terrorism will be severely diminished due to their sanctions.”
Secretary of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of Iran's Parliament, Mohammad-Javad Jamali-Nobandegani, told Persia Digest (PD): “Afghanistan is the world’s largest drug producer as Iran’s neighboring country. Sadly, their production has risen following NATO presence in this country, especially in its western provinces. We have also received reports on the chantage of certain NATO commanders of Afghan farmers and drugs mafia, indicating that they also benefit from this trade.”
The funeral of martyr Rasouli who lost his life in the fight against narcotics smugglers
He continued: “Iran is on the drugs transit route connecting Asia and Europe. Therefore, most drug finds and seizures happen in Iran. Hundreds of tons of drugs are found and confiscated in Iran every year. We lose our forces to the fight every week to stop the transit through our country. Most of the martyrs are police forces.”
Criticizing UN and EU approaches towards Iranian initiatives, Jamali said: “Despite the price Iran pays to stop the drug trade from reaching Europe and other countries, it is unfortunately not supported by the UN and the EU, or this comes in trickles. They even adopt a negative stance in Iran’s punishment of the offenders. We have witnessed on numerous occasions that when Iran executes multiple drug offenders and traffickers who have martyred our border guards, human rights organizations supported by the West begin their anti-Iranian campaigns.”
Speaking about the impact of sanctions on fighting the transit of drugs, this Iranian MP said: “Sanctions will certainly have financial effects on supporting the border guards, border control, and providing equipment including night vision cameras. This will also affect Europe adversely. It is important to note that drug traffickers are in touch with terrorists who are financed by countries like Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. They also have a direct line to Persian language networks in the UK. Under the present conditions, these traffickers and terrorists will have a better chance to operate and the dangers will most probably be as far-reaching as Europe.”
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