Posted: 17.04.2024 16:19:53

Belarus, UAE ratified agreement on co-operation in counter-terrorism

The draft law of the Republic of Belarus ratifying the agreement on co-operation in security and counter-terrorism between the Government of the Republic of Belarus and the Government of the United Arab Emirates was adopted at first reading at the meeting of the first session of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the eighth convocation

By presenting the draft law to parliamentarians, Belarus’ Interior Minister Ivan Kubrakov noted that, in accordance with the agreement, the parties co-operate through the ministries of internal affairs of their states, as well as other competent authorities. In particular, the agreement is aimed at expanding bilateral co-operation between the Republic of Belarus and the United Arab Emirates by fulfilling requests for assistance, exchanging information about committed or planned crimes, and taking measures necessary to prevent them. In line with the agreement, the parties will carry out agreed activities, exchange legal and scientific information, and provide assistance in training and advanced training of personnel. 

“Among the key areas of co-operation is the exchange of information about committed or planned crimes, their perpetrators, and new methods of fighting crimes. It is also important to hold joint events and take measures to prevent illegal manifestations, to co-ordinate activities within the framework of international forums, and to assist in training and advanced training of personnel. In addition, the use of controlled delivery is being consolidated to detect drug trafficking. At the same time, the issues of extradition of criminals and legal assistance in criminal cases are not affected,” Ivan Kubrakov explained to parliamentarians.

In order to implement the provisions of the agreement and exchange views on the development of co-operation, it is planned to create a joint security committee, which will include representatives of the internal affairs ministries of the two states. The Ministry of Internal Affairs has been designated by the Republic of Belarus as the central competent authority for the implementation of the agreement. The State Forensic Examination Committee, the State Border Committee, the State Customs Committee, the Financial Investigations Department of the State Control Committee, the State Security Committee, and the Investigative Committee have been proposed to be designated as other government agencies involved in the implementation of the agreement.

Co-operation within the framework of the document will be carried out upon request for assistance or at the initiative of either party. The procedure for submitting such requests and the mechanism for their qualitative and prompt execution are defined.