Iran says India’s Adani Ports have been “unprofessional”

Days after a significant drug haul at the Mundra port in Gujarat led Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ) issue a trade advisory stating that it would not handle any container cargo originating from Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan after November 15th onward, Iran has responded sharply, calling the banning an “unprofessional and imbalanced move”.

India’s National Investigation Agency is handling the case relating to the seizure of 2,988.21 kg of heroin at Mundra port by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence. The heroin was seized from two containers that were declared as containing “semi-processed talc stones”. The cargo had landed from Afghanistan via Iran’s Bandar Abbas port.

The Iranian embassy in New Delhi said police and narcotic drug control authorities of India and Iran discussed and examined their “shared concerns and challenges resulting from a surge in illicit drug trafficking in the region and the ways and means of mutual cooperation and exchanges as part of the expected outcomes in this respect”.

As an immediate neighbour of Afghanistan, Iran said it has also been “significantly impacted by other developments” in Afghanistan. It listed three major factors behind the “considerable rise of narcotic drugs production and trafficking” — “occupation of Afghanistan by foreign forces”, “infighting between various groups” and “severe poverty”.