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27 April 2012

International police cooperation focus of Democratic Republic of Congo delegation visit to INTERPOL

LYON, France – Enhanced cooperation with INTERPOL was the focus of a visit to the world police organization’s General Secretariat headquarters by a senior delegation from the Democratic Republic of Congo today.

The visit, which follows the recent restructuration of the Democratic Republic of Congo national police, saw discussions between the high-ranking police and government officials and senior INTERPOL staff on how to maximise the use of INTERPOL’s global law enforcement tools, services and operational support infrastructure.

With the Democratic Republic of Congo among the first countries to officially recognize the INTERPOL travel document, INTERPOL’s Executive Director of Police Services, Jean-Michel Louboutin said this was a clear demonstration of the country’s commitment to international law enforcement cooperation.

The recognition means that holders of the INTERPOL e-passport booklet and e-identification card travelling on official business can enter the Democratic Republic of Congo without a visa, thereby significantly speeding up the ability for INTERPOL officials to respond to any calls for assistance or support.