US President Donald Trump
US President Donald Trump. Courtesy: CNN

India Is A Major Drug Transit Nation: US President

September 17, 2020

India, along with 20 other nations, has been identified as major drug transit or illicit drug-producing nations by the US President Donald Trump.

The US President also asserted that his administration was taking the fight to criminal organisations engaged in narcotics substances and their enablers on an unprecedented scale.

He also designated Bolivia and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's regime to have failed demonstrably during the past 12 months to adhere to their obligations under international counter-narcotics agreements.

Trump said that a country’s presence on the foregoing list is not necessarily a reflection of its government’s counter-narcotics efforts or level of cooperation with the United States.

Trump added that countries like Afghanistan, India, The Bahamas, Belize, Burma, Colombia, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic among others were a major drug transit or illicit drug-producing nations.

The US President further alleged that the most complicit kingpin was the Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro.

"In Colombia, President Ivan Duque and his government remain strong partners of the United States and Colombian police and military forces have shown great bravery and commitment by targeting high-level drug traffickers, interdicting drug shipments, and manually eradicating coca," said the US President.

He further expressed his concern to the fact that coca cultivation and cocaine production remain near historical highs in Peru, another longstanding US ally.

He also said that the Mexican government must also demonstrate its commitment and dismantle the drug cartels and their criminal enterprises.

The US President said that the Mexican government must do more to protect the lives of Mexican and American citizens threatened by these groups.

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