Centre Cautions States Against Directly Dealing With 'Countries of Concern' Like China & Iran

| August 12 , 2018 , 12:16 IST

In a recent communication to the respective state governments, the Ministry of Home Affairs has cautioned them against directly dealing with agencies of "countries of concern" like China, Iran and Afghanistan on matters of internal security, media reported on Sunday.

The Centre specified that such communication must be routed through it for the sake of national security. The communication sent to all the chief secretaries specified that state police forces should be directed "not to facilitate or entertain" any such requests from organisations or agencies from countries of concern without prior consultation with the Ministry of Home Affairs.

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"It has come to the notice of the ministry of home affairs that some foreign organisations/ agencies from countries of concern are extending invitations for mutual cooperation, training, joint exercise, exchange of views etc., directly to state/ union territory police without routing such requests through ministry of home affairs," it said.

The ministry said that while it appreciated that law enforcement related cooperation at international level is desirable, a cautious and calibrated approach has to be adopted while dealing with foreign organisations or agencies from countries of concern in the interest of national security.

"Accordingly, state/ union territory organisations may be directed not to facilitate or entertain any such requests from foreign organisations/ agencies from countries of concern without prior consultation with the ministry of home affairs," the communication said.

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Countries of concern have been identified by the government with the help of central intelligence agencies based on the nature of international cooperation like training of officers related to forensics, explosions, investigation, procurement of weapons or security equipment.

In matters of internal security cooperation Pakistan, China and Afghanistan have been flagged as countries of concern while in matters such as counter-terror programmes, fake currency, drugs, human trafficking etc., countries like Iraq, Iran, Syria, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh are marked as countries of concern.