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US, India to intensify war on drugs

Officials agreed on countering cross-border drug trafficking and crime by sharing operational intelligence 

Update : 04 Jun 2021, 07:51 PM

The United States and India have agreed to establish a framework for bilteral cooperation to address the narcotics-related challenges in their countries.

The framework would be prepared by a sub-working group under the Counternarcotics Working Group (CNWG) between the two nations, the CNWG decided on Thursday during its second meeting convened virtually.

“The two sides identified areas for joint actions and resolved to continue their close cooperation on this important issue,” says a press release issued by the State Department on Friday.

They committed to the sharing of data, best practices, and lessons learned, including details regarding public health approaches to address substance use disorder and other consequences of drug use within the two countries.

Director General Rakesh Asthana of India’s Narcotics Control Bureau led the Indian delegation while White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Assistant Director Kemp Chester, Department of State Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Jorgan Andrews, and Department of Justice Deputy Assistant Attorney General Jennifer Hodge represented the US at the event. 

The officials also discussed initiatives in support of India’s regional leadership role in building capacity for counternarcotics initiatives in South Asia; countering regional cross-border drug trafficking and crime through enhanced sharing of operational intelligence; and expanding law enforcement cooperation on counternarcotics issues.

They proposed to share best practices for countering synthetic opioids and precursor chemicals, reads the statement.  

They highlighted their commitment to strengthening cooperation in curtailing the illegal production, manufacturing, trafficking, and distribution of pharmaceutical and illicit drugs, as well as the precursor chemicals used to manufacture them.  

Meanwhile, both sides also agreed to the “sharing of expertise on dark-net, crypto-currency and postal/courier interdiction mechanisms,” says the statement. 

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