Iran calls for enhanced global anti-drug cooperation
Moscow, Dec 4, 2016(IRNA) – Iranian Majlis speaker called on the world governments and parliaments on Monday to follow anti-drug and counter-terrorism policies concurrently, and put such policies on top of their agenda.
Parliamentary groups should be formed for following anti-narcotics actions, Ali Larijani made the proposal during his address to the international conference Members of Parliament vs. Drugs' in Moscow.
The parliamentary groups, as the Iranian speaker said, should be formed in order to facilitate and accelerate the process of international, regional and bilateral cooperation in anti-drug measures.
The issue of narcotics is a global problem which demands a joint international responsibility, Larijani added.
About 500 participants including parliament speakers from over 40 countries have attended the anti-drug event in the Russian capital.
In the opening session of the conference, the chairman of Russian State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin emphasized the neccesity of intensifying the fight against illegal drugs and suggested more severe punishments for advertising drugs and hallucinogens.
'The goal of the conference is to establish a parliamentary dimension of international anti-drug cooperation and develop the existing legal framework for international cooperation in the fight against the spread and use of drug substances and on preventive healthcare and treatment of drug addicts,' Russian News Agency TASS quoted the State Duma Department for Public and Media Relations introducing the event's aims.