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11 December 2015

Combating terrorism focus of meeting between Australian Foreign Minister and INTERPOL Chief

PARIS, France – Australia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, and INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock have met in Paris to discuss ways to enhance cooperation in the fight against terrorism.

Secretary General Stock commended Australia for taking a leading role in global counter-terrorism efforts, from preventing the movement of foreign fighters to reducing the risks posed by Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

In this respect, the INTERPOL Chief underlined how Australia is a key supporter of INTERPOL’s Southeast Asian Foreign Fighters project and its Project Watchmaker, which aims to increase information exchange on individuals involved in the manufacture of IEDs.

“Australia’s support for these initiatives should serve as a reminder to law enforcement in all our member countries that international security depends on real-time access to information when it is needed, where it can make the most immediate impact,” said Mr Stock. 

Minister Bishop was briefed on INTERPOL’s policing capabilities and programmes, and the evolving role of the world police body in the global security arena.