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Afghan minister hails Iran's help in rebuilding Afghanistan

Zabol, Sistan-Baluchestan prov, Nov 20, IRNA -- Afghan Minister of Reconstruction Mohammad Amin Farhang said Saturday that Iran has rendered to Afghanistan considerable assistance for rebuilding the country as well as combating poppy cultivation.

The Afghani minister made the remark during his visit to the Afghan province of Nimroze to put into operation three projects which are being implemented by Iran.

Farhang appreciated Iran's assistance for reconstructing his country in public health, development and training fields and fighting poppy cultivation, saying that poppy cultivation is amongst the major problems Afghanistan is facing.

He reiterated that many states in Afghanistan namely Hilmand, Qandahar, Jalalabad and Nimroze are under poppy cultivation given the season of cultivation.

At present, Afghan police has established a special committee known as Anti-Drug Committee, he said, urging further cooperation on behalf of international forums to fight poppy cultivation in Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, Iran's Ambassador to Afghanistan Mohammad-Reza Bahrami said that Afghan officials are determined to fight poppy cultivation in Afghanistan.

During his one-day visit to the Afghan state of Nimroze to put into operation three projects, Bahrami voiced other countries' readiness to fight poppy cultivation, complaining lack of a defined and all-out program to perform this end.

According to the United Nations, poppy cultivation has increased 64 percent in Afghanistan, he said, adding that terrorists play significant role in providing illicit drugs.

He stressed that last year, Iran provided Afghanistan with dlrs 10 million to fight poppy cultivation and drug trafficking in Afghanistan, saying that Iran has made a great contribution to train Afghan police.

Bahrami expressed hope that in future, Iran could allocate separate budget to fight poppy cultivation in Afghanistan.

... Payvand News - 11/20/04 ... --

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