Jordan Minister visit to INTERPOL highlights country’s role in regional security
LYON, France – During a visit to INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, Jordan’s Minister of Interior, Hussein Majali, underlined his country’s dedication to enhancing international police cooperation.
Meeting with INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble, Minister Majali was updated on the latest global tools and services available to support law enforcement initiatives in Jordan and across the region, with a focus on counter-terrorism, environmental crime and anti-corruption activities.
“Jordan remains committed to working with INTERPOL and law enforcement worldwide to enhance information sharing to combat all forms of transnational organized crime. It is only through international collaboration that we can ensure the security of citizens in Jordan, the Middle East and the world,” said Minister Majali.
He reiterated Jordan’s pledge to fight terrorism and promote peaceful coexistence, particularly in light of the ongoing conflict in neighbouring Syria. He called attention to the adverse effects on Jordan’s infrastructure and economy caused by the influx of people from Syria seeking to escape the conflict, and raised concerns that the deteriorating security condition could affect not only the region but the entire world.
In addition to its active role in INTERPOL’s Project Al Qabdah which seeks to fight terrorism in the Middle East and North Africa, Jordan is also a leader in efforts to combat corruption through its ongoing support of 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.
The Minister was also updated on the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) in Singapore and the support it will offer member countries in the fight against cybercrime, and toured the 24-hour Command and Coordination Centre.
An agreement signed by INTERPOL in December 2013 will see the Organization’s I-24/7 secure global police communication system extended in Jordan to the main land, air and sea border points through a project funded by the European Union.
Jordan is one of 67 member countries which has recognized the INTERPOL Travel Document and accords a visa facilitation to holders, enabling a swift international response to any calls for police assistance or support from the country.