Saturday, October 02, 2004

IranMania News: Iran, Italy sign MoU for anti-drug campaign

IranMania News: " Iran, Italy sign MoU for anti-drug campaign

Saturday, October 02, 2004 - ©2004 IranMania.com

LONDON, Oct 2 (IranMania) - Iran and Italy signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to cooperate in the battle against drugs and international drug-trafficking groups on Friday night, Iran's State News Agency (IRNA) reported.

The agreement was signed in behalf of their respective governments by Iran`s Drug Control Headquarters (IDCH) Secretary- General Ali Hashemi and his Italian counterpart, Francesca Petraca. The MoU stressed implementation of the agreement sign by the governments in 2003.

The agreement provides for the transfer of Italian expertise in the area of drugs to Iran, mutual access to data banks pertinent to the campaign against drugs as well as cooperation between Iranian and Italian police. In accordance with the agreement, Italy is to provide Iran with technical and logistical help.

The officials also reached an agreement to hold periodical meetings of their anti-drug personnel. The Iranian delegation, during its four-day visit to Rome, toured various Italian centers equipped with the latest paraphernalia in the anti-drug campaign.

Iran-Italy cooperation and exchange of information in the global campaign against drugs has been one of the pivotal items on their agenda of bilateral talks over the past three years.

The extensive and smart operations of the Mafia in Italy as well as other Italy-based international drug smuggling groups has given the country a wealth of experience in the campaign to rein in such groups. Over 83 tons of the illicit drugs hashish, cocaine and heroin were seized in Italy from January, 2003 to June, 2004.

The Iranian delegation, headed by Secretary-General Hashemi, arrived in Rome on Monday."

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