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Taiwan, Swaziland sign pact on joint crime-fighting

2016/06/07 20:06:25

Taipei, June 7 (CNA) Taiwan's National Policy Agency (NPA) and the Royal Swaziland Police Service signed a pact Tuesday to jointly combat cross-border crime.

NPA Director-General Chen Kuo-en (陳國恩) and his Swaziland counterpart, Issac Magagula, clinched the cooperation agreement on behalf of their respective countries.

Addressing the occasion, Chen said that the two countries will step up two-way exchanges on intelligence, probe, personnel visits, enhancement of professional skills, law enforcement and technical assistance, in an effort to to more effectively fight against the increasingly diverse cross-border crimes.

For his part, Magagula praised Taiwan as a beautiful country and expressed hope that Taiwan will send more police officers to Swaziland for mutual education and assistance.

The accord with Swaziland is the first police cooperation agreement that Taiwan has inked with a foreign country under the name of the Republic of China.

Swaziland is one of Taiwan's 22 diplomatic partners.

Taiwan has signed similar agreements with China, the United States, Vietnam and Thailand, but these agreements are on an agency-to-agency basis as none of these countries maintains formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan.

(By K.H. You and Flor Wang)