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17 October 2011

Qatar Minister underlines commitment to INTERPOL and global policing community

LYON, France – Senior officials from Qatar reaffirmed their country’s partnership with INTERPOL during a visit by Minister of State for Interior Affairs, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al Thani to the world police body’s General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon.

During his meeting with INTERPOL General Secretary Ronald K. Noble, the Minister, accompanied by the Head of National Central Bureau Doha Brigadier Khalifa Al-Nasr, was updated on the progress of the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI), a state-of-the-art facility under development in Singapore that will enhance INTERPOL’s technological capabilities.

Following the 79th INTERPOL General Assembly session in Doha in November 2010 when the IGCI was unanimously endorsed by the member states, where Qatar announced the donation of USD 2 million in support of the Global Complex the country has further underlined their support with the Head of NCB Qatar Brigadier Al-Nasr now a member of the IGCI Working Group.

The delegation was also updated on the INTERPOL Travel Document initiative intended to enable INTERPOL officials to travel internationally on urgent deployments without requiring a visa. Qatar recognized the Travel Document during the General Assembly in 2010 and is establishing special visa status for INTERPOL passport holders.

Qatar has been at the centre of initiatives to combat drug trafficking in the Gulf region. The Gulf Cooperation Council-Criminal Information Center to Combat Drugs, based in Doha, has expressed interest in co-operating with INTERPOL on joint operational initiatives.