(Persia Digest) - US unilateral and illegal sanctions on Iran have posed major threats to fighting transnational organized crimes such as drug-trafficking. Iran's ambassador and permanent representative to the Vienna-based international organizations Kazem Gharibabadi said.

IRNA reports that Gharibabadi made the remarks in his speech to the special joint commission on drugs and crime prevention and criminal justice.

He underlined the importance of international unity and integration based on intelligence analysis and international cooperation to uproot organized crimes trespassing international borders.  

He highlighted the emergence of new aspects of organized crime such as cyber crimes and transnational organized crimes as a major challenge, saying that the most important way to address this issue is adopting a comprehensive approach based on the intelligent understanding of its causes.

In this sensitive era that multilateralism has been endangered due to illogical and adventurist policies of a certain government, strong and coordinated international cooperation is necessary under the supervision of the United Nations, he said.

Emphasizing the major role of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime to address the challenges thoroughly and promptly in line with international cooperation among member states, he said that 14th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice will serve as an important international platform for all members' participation to remove the challenges.


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Iran believes that efforts to achieve a sustainable development agenda and fighting narcotics are international challenges complementing each other, Gharibabadi said that comprehensive implementation of all commitments put forward by the international community for fighting illicit drugs based on a comprehensive, integrated, balanced and scientific approach will help achieve sustainable development agenda, guaranteeing integration and equality.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the Iranian envoy referred to efforts made by Iran to combat narcotics through adopting extensive approaches and policies and minimizing the negative consequences of narcotics consumption.

He stressed the fact that unilateral choices and illegal sanctions and in its most cruel form of "Economic Terrorism" against Iran are the biggest threats to achieving a sustainable development agenda in Iran and other neighboring countries.

The issue caused road-blocks for international cooperation and implementing regional and bilateral initiatives, he said adding that those who imposed sanctions are directly responsible for the disastrous consequences of creating disturbance in fighting narcotics, organized crime and terrorism.

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