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Australia signs MoU with Sri Lanka on people smuggling

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Sri Lanka and Australia this week, as Sri Lanka's Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, Kapila Waidyaratne led a delegation to Canberra on September 6. 

The MoU on People Smuggling and Transnational Crime was aimed at increasing cooperation between the two countries on smuggling operations and maritime crime. 

The Sri Lankan government's news site noted, "it also enables enhanced information sharing on methods for tracking, intercepting and investigating people smugglers. It will also see further cooperation between the two nations on countering human trafficking, stopping the movement of illicit goods and targeting acts of money laundering and proceeds of crime."

The MoU was signed by Mr Waidyaratne and the Secretary of Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Michael Pezzullo.