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adani: Iran opposes Adani move to not handle cargo


NEW DELHI: After Adani Ports announced its decision to no longer handle cargo from Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan, Iran said while its efforts against drug trafficking had been praised even by the UN, it had been targeted unfairly by what it described as an unprofessional and imbalanced move. In a series of tweets on Wednesday, as it announced talks between narcotics control authorities of the two countries to check drug trafficking, the Iranian embassy here said Iran had suffered from many trade restrictions and unjust sanctions for more than 40 years and that it was once again being targeted unfairly “through denial of trade and banning its consignments as an unprofessional and imbalanced move’’. The Adani group’s decision followed the seizure of close to three tonnes of heroin originating from Afghanistan worth an estimated $2.65 billion from two containers at western Gujarat’s Mundra Port, which is run by Adani Ports. Seeking to highlight Iran’s role in the fight against the drug menace, the embassy said it was for many decades that narcotics and organised drug trafficking from Afghanistan had posed a major threat to Iran, the region and to the world, necessitating a “non stop and united struggle as well as a genuine cooperation and partnership among all countries against this global issue’’. The embassy said occupation of Afghanistan by foreign forces, infighting between various groups and severe poverty had all contributed to considerable rise of narcotic drugs production. “In spite of that, such factors in particular foreign occupation and sudden flee (sic) of US forces and its allies from Afghanistan as the main root causes of recent surge in all chaos, insecurity, and exacerbation of drug trafficking in the region is ignored or underestimated,’’ said the embassy in another tweet.


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