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15 March 2013 - Media release

Georgia minister visit to INTERPOL underlines close cooperation with formal recognition of travel document

LYON, France – Underlining Georgia’s commitment to global security and law enforcement cooperation, Minister of Internal Affairs Irakli Gharibashvili formally recognized the INTERPOL Travel Document during his visit to the world police body’s General Secretariat headquarters.

Minister Gharibashvili and INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble signed the agreement which will grant visa exemption to holders of the travel document travelling to Georgia, thereby significantly speeding up the ability for INTERPOL officials to respond to any calls for assistance or support.

“Georgia is proud to be among those member countries which have recognized the Travel Document and it is further evidence of our commitment to global police cooperation via INTERPOL,” said Mr Gharibashvili.

“We look forward to developing our productive relationship with INTERPOL even further in combating all forms of transnational crime,” added the Minister.

With Georgia actively involved in INTERPOL projects including Millennium, which targets transnational Eurasian organized crime, and Kalkan, a counter-terrorism initiative focusing on Central and South Asia, Secretary General Noble said the country was making a real difference in boosting regional and global security.

“Georgia is a strong supporter of INTERPOL in tackling a range of crime areas and their formal recognition of the INTERPOL Travel Document is yet further evidence of their involvement in our ongoing efforts to make the world a safer place,” said Secretary General Noble.

“Minister Gharibashvili’s visit to the General Secretariat headquarters has enabled us to identify other areas where we can work even more closely together, especially given Georgia’s strategic importance sitting at the crossroads where Europe meets Asia,” added the INTERPOL Chief.

During his visit, the Minister – accompanied by Colonel Aleksandre Arakishvili, Head of the National Central Bureau in Tbilisi and Dr Tamar Taliashvili, Head of Administration of the Ministry of Internal Affairs – also met with other senior INTERPOL officials and was updated on the world police body’s range of global tools and services.