Maldives Parliament has approved the agreement between South Asian countries to combat transnational organized crime.
All 70 members who took part in the vote voted in favor of approving the 'South Asian Regional Intelligence and Coordination Center on Transnational Organized Crime' agreement.
The agreement proposed by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime aims to protect the South Asian countries and its people from the social, economic and political impacts of transnational organized crime.
Under the agreement, center named 'South Asian Regional Intelligence and Coordination Center on Transnational Organized Crime' will be established in Sri Lanka, where information on transnational crimes will be collected and stored. The center will ensure that the information is exchanged between the participating countries when necessary.
Home Ministry has previously stated that the establishment of the center will help in controlling the expanding criminal environment in Maldives, and to establish justice by taking action against those who commit criminal offences.
In addition to Maldives, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka will be signing the agreement.