Omar Zakhilwal
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Afghan opium production is an 'international problem'

Afghanistan's finance minister Omar Zakhilwal says the international community needs to address the demand for opium and heroin in their countries.

He tells Sarah Montague in Kabul that Afghanistan is dealing strongly with anyone caught trying to smuggle drugs out of the country, but that the people who are making money from the opium trade are mostly "mafia heads" based in other countries.

Omar Zakhilwal was speaking to the BBC's Sarah Montague for HARDtalk and BBC Radio 4's Today programme. You can watch the full interview on BBC World News on Thursday 4 July at 14:30 GMT and 20:30 GMT and on the BBC News Channel on Friday 5 July at 00:30 BST.

Watch more clips at HARDtalk's website.

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