WELLINGTON, July 16 (Xinhua) -- The New Zealand and Thailand police forces Monday signed an agreement to share intelligence on cross-border crime and to cooperate in other areas, such as law enforcement after disasters.
"The signing of this important document guides our two countries' cooperation in the fight against transnational crime, and unites us in the common objective of halting criminals whose activities pose a real danger to our people," Deputy Commissioner Mike Bush, who signed on behalf of the New Zealand Police, said in a statement.
Deputy Commissioner General of Royal Thai Police, Police General Pongsapat Pongchareon, said in the statement that the arrangement strengthened the relationship between the two countries, through improved intelligence sharing on cross-border criminals and other crime issues.
The Royal Thai Police and the New Zealand Police had cooperated formally since the first New Zealand Police liaison officer was deployed in 1978, said the statement from the New Zealand Police.
The arrangement was signed at Thailand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bangkok.