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13 March 2015

US Congressional visit to INTERPOL focuses on combating terrorism

LYON, France – International law enforcement cooperation against terrorism was the focus of a visit by high-ranking members of the US Congress to INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters.

Led by Hal Rogers, Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, the US delegation met with INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock  and other senior INTERPOL officials to review security challenges linked to foreign terrorist fighters, terrorist mobility and border security. The threat posed by terrorists using CBRNE materials (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives) was also on the agenda.

“We are pleased to be here at INTERPOL to discuss the threat posed by international terrorism and the transit of foreign fighters. It is clear to me that terrorism knows no borders and the cooperation of all INTERPOL member countries is critical to addressing what is a worldwide problem,” said Chairman Hal Rogers.

The members of the US Congress were updated on the world’s largest police organization’s tools and activities which assist US law enforcement protect the country’s citizens and visitors.

“Today’s visit by members of the US Congress has provided an important opportunity to review pressing security issues and the ‘shield’ which international law enforcement cooperation provides to national and regional security against threats such as extremists fighting overseas,” said INTERPOL Secretary General Stock.

In this respect, with UN Security Council Resolution 2178 (2014) identifying INTERPOL as a global law enforcement information sharing platform against foreign fighters, countries are increasingly and successfully using the INTERPOL platform to share information on foreign terrorist fighters linked to Syria and Iraq.

The US Congressional delegation also included Sanford Bishop; Mike Simpson, Chairman, Sub-Committee on Energy and Water Development; Ander Crenshaw, Chairman, Sub-Committee on Financial Services and General Government ; Tom Cole, Chairman, Sub-Committee on Labour, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies; Dutch Ruppersberger;  Henry Cuellar; Chris Stewart; and David Jolly.