The official qualified as a "grave problem" the transportation of chemicals from Iran to Afghan drug labs, "fueling not only the drug trade but also terrorism." Douglas explained that "there is extremely deep concern on the part of the United States and … also the Afghan government, other neighbors and certainly others in the Coalition about Iran’s conduct….If Iran acted more responsibly," he added, "the problem in Afghanistan would be easier to solve."
At the conclusion of the interview, Douglas highlighted the role of narcotics corruption inside the Afghan government emphasizing that, "the Afghan government itself recognizes that corruption is a problem within its own ranks." He continued, "I believe that even President Karzai in the past has personally spoken to this issue and made it clear that he is aware of it and would like to see every effort made to reduce it."
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