‘Iran to seal eastern borders in three years’

Iran spends billions of dollars and has lost thousands of police troops in the war against drugs.

Tehran: Iran`s Police Chief Esmail Ahmadi
Moqaddam has underlined Tehran`s resolve to tighten control
over the country`s borders, and said the Iranian authorities
will block the country`s eastern borders completely within the
next three years.

"The Eastern borders of Iran have already been closed
to the passage of animals and motor vehicles, yet there are
certain areas in Saravan which should be blocked," Ahmadi
Moghaddam told reporters on Wednesday.

"Generally speaking, the Eastern borders of the
country will be blocked even for passersby by the next three
years," he added.

Earlier this month, Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier
General Ahmad Vahidi announced that Iran is building a long
fence along its border with Pakistan as part of its measures
to block the entry of drug-traffickers and terrorists into the
country.

Iran is on a crossroad of international drug transit
route linking the world drug hub, Afghanistan, to the Persian
Gulf and European countries.

Iran spends billions of dollars and has lost thousands
of its police troops in the war against traffickers and
terrorists.

The crackdown has cost Iran more than 700 million
dollars over the past two years. Last year, Iran allocated
millions to strengthen border security and block the entry of
terrorists and drug traffickers into the country.

Strategies pursued by Tehran include digging canals,
building barriers and installing barbed wire to seal its
borders.

PTI

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