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Source Unveils Azerbaijan's Role in Spreading Narcotics in Region.

Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- An informed source dismissed the recent charges raised by Azerbaijan about Iran's involvement in drug-trafficking in the country, and disclosed Baku's key role in protecting poppy farms in Afghanistan and spread of illicit drugs in the region.

"Promotion of narcotics is a serious policy of some official circles in the Azerbaijan republic," an informed source, who asked to remain anonymous, told FNA on Tuesday.

The source said that Azeri soldiers in collaboration with the US occupying troops are protecting poppy farms in Afghanistan.

"The Azerbaijan republic has relocated part of its soldiers from the contact lines in Karabakh to Afghanistan in a bid to protect the poppy farms, which are a source of income for the occupiers," the source noted.

The revelation comes after Azeri security forces arrested an Iranian journalist on suspicion of drug possession in Azerbaijan., prompting a warning from Iran's embassy.

The Azeri media claimed that the reporter, Anar Bayramli, who worked for Iranian TV, has been detained in Baku on charges of drug possession.

Meantime, Bayramli's brother told that he had no doubts that the drug was planted by the police.

A former Iranian civil defense official took the US and the Zionist regime responsible for detaining the reporter who works for the Iranian television in Azerbaijan.

"The pressures of the Zionists and the US had a role in arresting the IRIB's reporter by the Azeri government," Former Director-General of Iran's Civil Defense Davoud Ahmadinejad told FNA on Monday.

He referred to the efforts made by some reporters in revealing the relations between the Zionists and a number of regional governments, and said such states do their best to keep their ties with Israel hidden.

On February 12, the Iranian Foreign Ministry summoned Azeri Ambassador to Tehran Javanshir Akhundov to protest at Baku for sheltering several Mossad-trained terrorists who had assassinated the Iranian scientists.

The director-general of the Iranian foreign ministry's office for commonwealth and Caucasus affairs voiced strong objection to the presence and unrestricted activity of Mossad intelligence agents in Azerbaijan, who are involved in espionage activities against the Islamic Republic.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry also criticized the anti-Iran campaign on state-controlled Azeri news outlets and the degrading behavior of Azeri customs officials towards Iranian truck drivers.

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Date:Feb 21, 2012
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