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21 February 2023, 16:38

MPs ratify Belarus-China agreement on cooperation in combating crime

Ivan Kubrakov. File photo
Ivan Kubrakov. File photo

MINSK, 21 February (BelTA) – MPs passed the bill "On ratification of the agreement between the Government of the Republic of Belarus and the Government of the People's Republic of China on cooperation in combating crime" at a sitting of the ninth session of the House of Representatives of the seventh convocation. The document was presented by Interior Minister Ivan Kubrakov, BelTA has learned.

The bill has been drafted with a view to expressing the consent of the Republic of Belarus to be bound by the agreement between the Governments of Belarus and the People's Republic of China on cooperation in combating crime.

"We have been cooperating with our colleagues from the People's Republic of China for a long time. In 2021 we signed joint agreements. But time poses new challenges. New types of crimes have emerged and we need to interact with colleagues to counter them too. We cooperate very closely to fight against drug-related crimes, fraud, human trafficking, extremism. In this regard, we are moving to a completely different level. This agreement spells out all the necessary opportunities to solve these problems," Ivan Kubrakov said.

The agreement is aimed at updating and developing the bilateral legal framework for cooperation in the field of combating crime. Thus, the areas of mutual cooperation are expanding, the list of competent bodies engaged in cooperation is increasing.

Cooperation will be implemented in the form of execution of requests for assistance, exchange of information regarding committed crimes or imminent crimes, or taking measures necessary to prevent them, exchange of operational, reference, forensic and other information of mutual interest, exchange of legislative and other legal information, scientific and special literature, assistance in training and advanced training of personnel.

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