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Afghanistan, Pakistan, India on White House list of 'major' drug trade and transit countries

Afghanistan, Pakistan and India continue to remain on the White House list of 21 countries that are “major” transit points for or producer illicit drugs. The annual list was released on Tuesday as US President Donald Trump prepares for a global campaign against drugs at the United Nations later this month.

Sep 12, 2018
NEW DELHI: Afghanistan, Pakistan and India continue to remain on the White House list of 21 countries that are “major” transit points for or producer illicit drugs. The annual list was released on Tuesday as US President Donald Trump prepares for a global campaign against drugs at the United Nations later this month. 
 
Other countries include Mexico and Colombia. Significantly, the list has not included any Western countries even though they have figured transit points for drugs.
 
India has been on the list since 2004 when President George W. Bush first issued it under a 2003 law enacted by Congress and President Barack Obama continued to keep it there.
 
India's inclusion on the list has been a point of friction between New Delhi and Washington. A country's presence on the list “is not necessarily a reflection of its government's counter-narcotics efforts or level of cooperation with the United States,” Trump said in his memorandum.
 
“The reason countries are placed on the list is the combination of geographic, commercial, and economic factors that allow drugs to transit or be produced, even if a government has engaged in robust and diligent narcotics control measures,” he clarified.
 
Trump is scheduled to preside over a high-level meeting of the Security Council on the drug menace on September 24 and issue a global call to action on the world drug problem, US Permanent Representative Nikki Haley announced last week.

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