Zimbabwe and Belarus have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) aimed at combating crime, and enhancing peace and security.

The signing ceremony was held at a local hotel in Victoria Falls today after President Emmerson Mnangagwa met the Belarus Minister of Internal Affairs, Lt. General Igor Shunevich.

The agreement will see the two countries assisting one another in the area of police services.

Zimbabwe’s Minister of Home Affairs and Culture, Dr Obert Mpofu, who attended th ceremony said officers from Belarus are expected to visit Zimbabwe to assess the state of the local police force while Zimbabwe will this week be sending its Zimbabwe Republic Police personnel to the European nation to identify programmes of cooperation and for training.

“They have a state of the art police academy to train on peace and anti-riot activities which seem to be of great concern in some countries in the region. We have been invited to participate through consultancy as well as training. The Minister actually has offered that to His Excellency [President Mnangagwa] who has agreed to this gesture,” said Dr Mpofu.

Lt. General Shunevich, who was speaking through an interpreter, said his country is honoured to have signed a MOU with Zimbabwe since it is in the interest of every nation to protect itself and its citizens from all forms of crime.

“This is the first step which allows us to improve our cooperation in different skills and we intend to keep it this way. I am convinced that every state must protect itself in every sense,” he said.

Zimbabwe and Belarus enjoy good bilateral relations which have seen the two countries working together in areas of ICT, agriculture and mining through technology transfer.

The two countries are now extending their cooperation to address issues which include drug trafficking, terrorism and human trafficking.