On 30 June 2017, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Thailand on Cooperation in Controlling Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances, their Precursors and Chemicals and Drug Abuse was signed in the presence of Mr. Suwaphan Tanyuvardhana, Minister of Justice of Thailand and Mr. Hansraj Gangaram Ahir, Minister of State for Home Affairs of India. The MoU was signed by Mr. Sirinya Sitdhichai, Secretary General, Office of Narcotics Control Board, Thailand and Dr. Rina Mitra, Special Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs & Director General, Narcotics Control Bureau.
The MoU will enhance mutual cooperation between India and Thailand in regulation of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances and combating drug trafficking. It will facilitate the exchange of information of new trends and modus operandi of drug traffickers, sharing the list of smugglers/syndicates in operation, sharing of best practices in the field of supply and demand reduction and help to provide mutual assistance & cooperation in investigation of drug offences.
On this occasion, both Ministers gave remarks congratulating Thai and Indian narcotics agencies on their deepening cooperation and expressing pleasure that the MOU signing coincides with the 70th Anniversary of Thailand-India Diplomatic Relations in 2017. The signing of the MoU, according to Mr. Suwaphan, is an important milestone in the bilateral relations and a part of the commemoration of the 70th Anniversary, and pledged to continue to closely cooperate with India on narcotics control. Minister Hansraj emphasized the uniqueness of Thailand-India relations. People to people relations as well as cooperation in many areas have fostered a climate of trust and confidence between the two countries. One such area of close and strong cooperation is on security, in which India is grateful for Thailand’s assistance and cooperation. He also noted that the Thailand-India Joint Working Group on Security is one of the most comprehensive and active ones. India and Thailand will cooperate further on the common challenges facing both sides, i.e, narcotics, transnational organised crime, human trafficking and terrorism.
Senior officers of the Office of Narcotics Bureau (ONCB), Thailand, Ministry of Justice of Thailand, Royal Thai Embassy in New Delhi and Ministry of Home Affairs, India were also present on the occasion.
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