Fiji Police and Royal Thai Police hold bilateral meetings

Fiji's Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho and Commissioner General of the Royal Thai Police General Chaktip Chaijinda at the Royal Thai Police Headquarters in Thailand. Picture: SUPPLIED

THE Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho has held bilateral meetings with the Commissioner General of the Royal Thai Police, General Chaktip Chaijinda, at the Royal Thai Police Headquarters in Thailand.

According to a statement issued by the Fiji Police Force, discussions focused on the establishment of formal police cooperation under a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Royal Thai Police and Fiji Police through Fiji’s Ministry of Defence and National Security.

“Given the increased exchanges between Fiji and Thailand in various sectors of development and trade, both Police chiefs agreed for a formal police cooperation initiative to be pursued,” the statement said.

“The Royal Thai police chief has encouraged the formalisation to reflect other areas of exchanges in training as well as people to people exchanges.”

The statement said the Royal Thai Police was a key member of the ASEANAPOL and as the Fiji Police held observer status, this initiative would be consistent with cooperation initiatives under the body.

Brig-Gen Qiliho also had the opportunity to hold talks with the heads of the Royal Thai Police Narcotics Bureau and the Royal Thai Police Education Bureau.

Brig-Gen Qiliho was accompanied by Director International Relations SSP Ulaiasi Ravula and Fiji’s Counsellor at the Fiji High Commission in Kuala Lumpur, Pita Tagicakirewa.

The ASEANAPOL is the multinational Police Force of ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations).

It was established through the meetings of Chiefs of Police of its members, back in 1981.