Tehran-based European ambassadors tour eastern borders

Taibad, Razavi Khorasan prov, June 1, IRNA – Ambassadors of member states of Mini-Dublin group and representatives of the international organizations in Iran visited border areas in this northeastern province on Sunday.

About 20 foreign diplomats and representatives residing in the Iranian capital took part in the visit.

While touring countryˈs eastern borderlines, they were briefed on the latest measures taken to protect Iranian borders against cross-border operation of the narcotic drugs smugglers.
The visit aimed at getting familiar with Iranˈs programs in fighting drug-traffickers from Afghanistan to Iran.
It also served to stress the importance of joint cooperation among the Mini-Dublin Group member states.
The Dublin Group is a flexible, informal consultation and coordination body concerned with the global, regional and country-specific problems of illicit drugs production, trafficking and demand. It is comprised of the 27 Member States of the European Union, Australia, Canada, Japan, Norway, the United States, the European Commission and UNODC.
The Mini-Dublin Group in the Islamic Republic of Iran has the main tasks of compiling local situation reports, facilitating coordination on drug policy and assistance, conducting a dialogue with the host country on drug control, drawing up recommendations, and implementing the orientations of the Central Dublin Group and regional chairs.
The Mini-Dublin Group in Tehran consists of representatives from the embassies of the member states, while other countries take part as observers, and is currently chaired by Germany. The UN Office for Drug Combat in the Islamic Republic of Iran provides MDG with expertise and technical and secretariat support.

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