Pakistan, US to jointly work to save humanity from drug menace
ISLAMABAD: Minister for Narcotics Control Shehryar Khan Afridi met with United States’ Principal Assistant Secretary of State, James Walsh on the sidelines of 63rd session of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) being held in Vienna, Austria from March 2 to 6.
The minister reaffirmed Pakistan’s strong commitment to strengthening international efforts for combating world drug problem and the international drug control regime, said a press release received here.
He emphasized the need for continued engagement for countering the threat of opiates originating in the region.
Shehryar Afridi said that it was high time that Pakistan and the US worked closely towards securing the region from menace of drugs.
Referring to the US-Taliban agreement signed last week, he stressed the need for renewed joint efforts to eradicate the illicit drugs trade especially originating in Pakistan’s neighborhood.
In this context, the minister suggested that the two sides should hold regular consultations to strengthen their joint collaboration, particularly in the areas of training and technology.
James Walsh expressed his appreciation for the initiatives taken by Ministry of Narcotics Control Pakistan (MNC) and the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) and assured of all possible cooperation. – APP