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    According to press service, Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure of Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the Chiefs of Association of Southeast Asian Nations Police have made arrangements needed for coordination of the agreement on collaboration in the fight against terrorism.

    TASHKENT (Sputnik) The Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (RATS SCO) and the Chiefs of Association of Southeast Asian Nations Police (ASEANAPOL) have made arrangements needed for coordination of the agreement on cooperation in the fight against terrorism, the RATS SCO press service told Sputnik Monday.

    "The arrangements on carrying out coordination procedures on signing cooperation agreement between RATS SCO and ASEANAPOL have been reached. The mechanisms of the further interaction among the sides’ officials to maintain the working contracts have been defined," the press service said.

    The press service noted that the formalization of ties between the two aforementioned bodies falls within the "interests of consolidation" of the international cooperation in combating terror.

    RATS SCO also recalled that the arrangements on preparing the legal basis for cooperation were reached in Kuala Lumpur in early July.

    ASEAN was established 50 years ago, on August 8, by Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. Since then, the number of member states has increased to 10. In turn, SCO comprises Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Pakistan and India as permanent members. Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran and Mongolia hold observer status, while Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Nepal, Turkey and Sri Lanka have the status of dialogue partners in SCO.

    Nations around the globe strive to counter the increasing terror threat via all available means, including the adoption of additional security measures and joining various international coalitions. Over the past two years, the globe has witnessed multiple terror attacks, including on such European cities as Paris, Brussels, Nice, Berlin, London and Stockholm, among others.

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