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Iran asks Germany to expel terrorist groups

TEHRAN, May 18 (Mehr News Agency) -- Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Chairman Alaeddin Borujerdi on Sunday called on Germany to expel terrorist organizations that are using the country as a base.

Since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Iran has been making serious efforts to fight terrorism and "expects the German government to prevent terrorist groups from establishing a presence in the country," Borujerdi told German MP Peter Ramsauer, who is the leader of the Christian Social Union (CSU) party in the Bundestag.

The Iranian lawmaker said stronger ties between the two parliaments would help strengthen the comprehensive relations between Tehran and Berlin.

He also expressed concern over the unprecedented increase in drug cultivation in Afghanistan and urged the European Union to help the Islamic Republic combat drug trafficking in the region.

"Failing to start a serious campaign against drug trafficking means helping Al-Qaeda, because the huge wealth acquired through drug smuggling bankrolls terrorist groups throughout the world," Borujerdi observed.

Ramsauer said German foreign policy attaches special importance to Iran and Berlin is determined to boost relations with the Islamic nation.

"In view of Iran's key role in regional developments, especially in Iraq, Central Asia, and the Arab Middle East, improving relations with Iran is of special importance to Germany."

Germany is formulating a transparent program to combat drug cultivation and trafficking and welcomes Iran's assistance in this endeavor, Ramsauer added.

He went on to say that the German government is making the utmost efforts to prevent terrorist activities in the country.

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