Photo: FT. SCO Secretary-General Vladimir Norov meets with Director of the Drug Control Agency under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan Sherkhon Salimzoda
On March 3, 2020, Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s Secretary General Vladimir Norov met with Director of the Drug Control Agency under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan Sherkhon Salimzoda. The meeting was held on the sidelines of the 63rd session of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs.
Norov thanked Tajikistan for the cooperation toward SCO’s effort regarding anti-drug agenda. He also spoke highly of the Tajik counterpart for participating in the high-level event titled “SCO and UNODC in the Fight against the Illicit Drug Threat: Countering Drug Trafficking via Darknet.” Salimzoda explained the situation regarding drugs within Tajikistan, and mentioned the nation’s effort to enforce Tajik law to counter the spread of prohibited substances.
The two sides discussed methods to carry out the Working Plan on the implementation of the Action Programme to Implement the SCO Anti-Drug Strategy and to counter drug trafficking via the hidden web. The two also talked about creating new SCO mechanisms to gather cooperation toward countering drug threat and establishing a dialogue in both international and regional organizations to garner more support for anti-drug initiatives.
The discussion on anti-drug cooperation is bound to continue throughout Tajikistan’s upcoming SCO presidency in 2020-2021. Meanwhile, the 63rd session of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs is being held from March 2 to 6 in Vienna, Austria. The committee deals drug and crimes, and methods to counter them.
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