Iran and Tajikistan will sign a memorandum of understanding to boost cooperation in the campaign against drug trafficking.
The agreement will be inked during the upcoming visit of Iran’s Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli to the Tajik capital, Dushanbe.
The agreement will include stepping up exchange of security information for operations against international drug traffickers and setting up joint workshops for the prevention and treatment of drug abuse.
The Iranian minister is scheduled to travel to Dushanbe to take part in a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) on September 11-12.
On the sidelines of the meeting, the Iranian minister will meet with Tajik Interior Minister Ramazon Rahimzoda and Rustam Nazarzadeh, the head of the Drug Control Agency of Tajikistan.
Iran and Tajikistan, which have hundreds of kilometers of common borders with Afghanistan, have been used as the main conduit for smuggling Afghan drugs to kingpins in Europe and Central Asia.
Despite high economic and human costs, the Islamic Republic has been actively fighting drug trafficking over the past three decades.