Trump Puts India on List of Illegal Drug Producing Nations:- Among the major illicit drug producing or transit nations, India and 21 other countries have been put up on the list by US President Donald Trump.
Apart from India, Afghanistan and Pakistan are the other South Asian countries that are identified as major drug transit or major illicit drug producing countries. Myanmar is another country from India's neighborhood in the list.
Other countries are The Bahamas, Belize, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Laos, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, and Venezuela.
"A country's presence on the foregoing list is not necessarily a reflection of its government's counter narcotics efforts or level of cooperation with the US," Trump said.
The combination of geographic, commercial, and economic factors is the main reason as to why major drug transit or illicit drug producing countries are placed on the list. Even if a government has carried out the most assiduous narcotics control law enforcement measures, these factors allow drugs to transit to be produced.
Bolivia and Venezuela have been designated by Trump as countries that have failed demonstrably during the previous 12 months to adhere to their obligations under international counter narcotics agreements. "In addition, the US government seriously considered designating Colombia as a country that has failed demonstrably to adhere to its obligations under international counter narcotics agreements due to the extraordinary growth of coca cultivation and cocaine production over the past three years, including record cultivation during the last 12 months," he said.
As the Colombian National Police and Armed Forces are close law enforcement and security partners of the US in the Western Hemisphere, Columbia is not designated ultimately.
Columbia is improving interdiction efforts, and have restarted some eradication that they had significantly curtailed beginning in 2013, Trump said.