National and regional security issues, particularly in relation to terrorism, were high on the agenda for both meetings.
In addition to supporting INTERPOL’s efforts to identify foreign terrorist fighters and bomb-makers, Lebanon is also taking part in Project Sharaka. This initiative focuses on the global exchange of information to help detect and intercept members of terrorist networks through technology, capacity building and police operations.
Sharaka connects frontline agencies to I-24/7 (INTERPOL’s secure, global police communications network) at airports, seaports and national borders. This enables officers to share intelligence in real time and to access the Organization’s global criminal databases.
Secretary General Stock also visited the INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB) in Beirut which acts as the single point of contact with other NCBs and the General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, France.