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US Names India, Pakistan As Major Illicit Drug Producing, Transit Countries


President Donald Trump has named 23 countries, including India and Pakistan, as major drug transit or illicit drug producing countries.

Other countries in the list are Afghanistan, The Bahamas, Belize, Bolivia, Myanmar, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Laos, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, and Venezuela.

Trump designated Bolivia and Venezuela as countries that have failed demonstrably during the previous 12 months to adhere to their obligations under international counternarcotics agreements and to take the measures required by the Foreign Relations Authorization Act.

The President expressed deep concern that illicit drug crops have expanded over successive years in Colombia, Mexico, and Afghanistan, and are now at record levels.

He noted that heroin originating from Mexico and cocaine from Colombia are claiming thousands of lives annually in the United States. Afghanistan's illicit opium economy promotes corruption, funds the Taliban, and undermines that country's security, which thousands of United States service men and women help defend.

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