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05 April 2017

INTERPOL Chief outlines support to Arab Interior Ministers Council in combating terrorism

TUNIS, Tunisia – INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock said the world policing body stood ready to support the Arab Interior Ministers Council in the joint fight against terrorism and organized crime.

Addressing the meeting attended by more than 20 ministers, Secretary General Stock said ‘wahdaa’, which means unity in English, was vital in harmonising national, regional and international law enforcement efforts.

Mr Stock also underlined the need for frontline officers to have access to INTERPOL’s I-24/7 communications system and global databases, which can act as an ‘early warning system’ against terrorists and crime threats.

“Whether it is to combat the flow of terrorism linked with Da’esh or with any active terrorist entities, INTERPOL stands ready to support its Arab membership in our joint fight,” said Secretary General Stock, who also highlighted the need for the skills and experience of police officers from the region to be shared alongside those from around the world.

“In facing challenges arising from conflict-ridden areas of Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria or Yemen, we will join you against terrorism in all its forms, regardless of geography, politics, religious beliefs or the propaganda of opposing factions.

“The same holds true for organized crime networks. Regardless of the commodity, its source, transit or destination, INTERPOL will continue to support its Arab membership in combating transnational criminal threats,” concluded the INTERPOL Chief.

As part of INTERPOL’s commitment to the region, in February this year an agreement was signed with
the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) to enhance cooperation between the two Organizations in combating crime and terrorism.

With a focus on aligning activities between INTERPOL and GCCPOL, the policing arm of the GCC, developing interoperability between the two Organization’s communications systems to exchange critical police information will be a key part of future collaboration.