India remains on White House 'major' list on drug trade

The 21 countries on it include Pakistan, Afghanistan, Mexico and Colombia.

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New York, Publish Date: Sep 12 2018 11:46PM | Updated Date: Sep 12 2018 11:46PM
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India continues to remain on the White House list of countries that are "major" transit points for or producer of illicit drugs.

The annual list was released on Tuesday as US President Donald Trump prepared for a global campaign against drugs at the UN later in September.

The 21 countries on it include Pakistan, Afghanistan, Mexico and Colombia.

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 US," 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. Significantly, the list has not included any Western countries even though they have figured transit points for drugs.

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