Internal Security Current Affairs
The Union Cabinet has approved agreement between India and Morocco on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters. The Union Cabinet was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The agreement will provide broad legal framework for bilateral cooperation between India and Morocco in investigation and prosecution of crime, restraint, tracing, forfeiture or confiscation or proceeds and instruments of crime. It will also increase effectiveness in investigation and prosecution of crime and provide necessary peaceful ambience which is pre-requisite for development of society as a whole. It will further be also instrumental in gaining better inputs and insights in modus operandi of terrorists and organised criminals, which in turn can be used to fine-tune policy decisions in the field of internal security.
India and China have signed agreement on internal security cooperation. It is first such agreement to be signed between the two countries. The agreement was signed by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and China’s State Councilor and Minister of Public Security Zhao Kezhi in New Delhi.
The agreement on internal security cooperation aims to strengthen and consolidate assistance in counter-terrorism, organised crimes, drug control, human trafficking and exchange of information, marking a new beginning between the two countries. It covers areas of intelligence sharing, exchange programme, sharing of best practices, cooperation in disaster mitigation besides others.
First high-level meeting
The agreement followed first high-level meeting on bilateral security cooperation co-chaired by Rajnath Singh and Zhao. During this meeting, two sides discussed counter-terrorism cooperation and welcomed increased cooperation between the two countries in the area of security during the meeting.
Zhao was heading delegation of over 30 Chinese diplomats during his visit to India from October 21 to 25, 2018. As China’s State Councilor and Minister of Public Security, responsible for day-to-day law enforcement in China and commands about 19 lakh personnel. While, India’s Rajnath Singh is the head of eight central armed police forces with a combined strength of about 10 lakh personnel.