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01 October 2013 - Media release

Jordan marks close cooperation with INTERPOL with formal recognition of travel document

LYON, France – Emphasizing Jordan’s commitment to international law enforcement cooperation, Jordan’s Director of Public Security, General Tawfiq Al-Tawalbeh, has formally recognized the INTERPOL Travel Document during his visit to the world police body’s General Secretariat headquarters.

General Al-Tawalbeh and INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble signed the agreement which will significantly speed up the ability for INTERPOL officials to respond to any calls for assistance or support from Jordan. To date, 62 member countries have recognized the INTERPOL Travel Document.

“Jordan is committed to international police cooperation via INTERPOL and is therefore proud to be among those member countries which have recognized the INTERPOL Travel Document,” said General Tawfiq Al-Tawalbeh.

“We look forward to extending our positive relationship with INTERPOL even further in combating all forms of transnational crime,” he added.

In addition to Jordan’s formal recognition of  INTERPOL’s Travel Document, Secretary General Noble said the country’s active cooperation with INTERPOL via its National Central Bureau (NCB) in Amman was making a real difference in boosting regional and global security, including in anti-corruption, drugs and counter-terrorism efforts.

Mr Noble highlighted for example how the Jordanian Anti-Corruption Commission (JACC) is of the most active entities supporting the Global Focal Point Initiative established by INTERPOL and StAR (the Stolen Asset Recovery programme – a partnership between the World Bank and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime) aiming to create a global network of anti-corruption practitioners. In July 2012 Jordan hosted in Amman the 3rd StAR-INTERPOL Asset Recovery Focal Points Meeting.

“Jordan is a strong supporter of INTERPOL in tackling a range of transnational crime areas and its formal recognition of the INTERPOL Travel Document is further demonstration of its commitment to our ongoing collective efforts to make the world a safer place,” said Secretary General Noble.

“Director of Public Security Al-Tawalbeh’s visit to INTERPOL has enabled us to identify other areas where we can work even more closely together, especially given Jordan’s strategic regional importance,” added the INTERPOL Chief.

During his visit, Jordan’s Director of Public Security – accompanied byLieutenant Colonel Maher Amin Almakhamreh, Head of Public Security Directorate,Colonel Issa Amal Qaqish, Head of INTERPOL’s NCB in Amman, and Lieutenant Mohammed Abedalaziz Alda’ajeh of the Public Security Directorate – also met with other senior INTERPOL officials and was updated on the world police body’s global tools and services.