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Publish Date: 19:59 - 10 March 2015
Tehran, YJC. The Iranian interior minister says the Islamic Republic has not seen any cooperation whatsoever from the UN and other countries in its fight against drug trafficking.

"We have seen no kind of cooperation from the UN or other countries [in the fight against drug smuggling],” Abdolreza Rahmani Fazil told a Press TV correspondent on the sidelines of the 58th annual session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in Vienna, Austria.

The senior official also said that anti-Iran sanctions are hampering the country's efforts to tackle the crisis.

"In fact, the opposite is true. We face a lot of difficulties regarding the purchase and transfer of equipment like X-ray machines because of the sanctions imposed on Iran,” Rahmani Fazli was quoted by Press TV.

He added that Iran expects realistic, logical and objective cooperation from the world in the campaign against narcotics.

The 58th annual session of CND organized by the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (UNODC) convened in Vienna to tackle a range of issue, including drug smuggling.

The Iranian interior minister delivered a speech at the forum, where he warned against selective and politically-motivated approaches towards fighting narcotics.

On the sidelines of the UN meeting, the Iranian minister held talks with Pakistani and Afghan officials, which were also attended by the UNODC executive director as part of the so-called Triangular Initiative to discuss action against illicit drugs.

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