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27 May 2014

Afghan minister’s visit to INTERPOL aims to boost police collaboration and international security

Work of Afghan police recognized with INTERPOL award

LYON, France – Afghanistan’s Interior Minister, Mohammad Umer Daudzai, has met with INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble to enhance collaboration between Afghanistan and INTERPOL against transnational crime threats facing the country, region and beyond, including terrorism and drug trafficking.

During his visit to the world police body’s General Secretariat headquarters, the minister was updated on INTERPOL’s global tools and services which assist law enforcement worldwide on a daily basis, including in police training and capacity building.

Interior Minister Daudzai also received a special INTERPOL award from Secretary General Noble recognizing the achievements of Afghanistan’s police in support of international police cooperation.

“In the face of cross-border security threats, national and local law enforcement agencies can only be effective by adopting an international approach to policing. Afghanistan therefore remains committed to reinforcing our relationship with INTERPOL, and through it the global law enforcement community,” said Interior Minister Daudzai.

Since 2008, Afghanistan has benefited from the INTERPOL-supported ECO-GIZ project, which also includes Iran and Pakistan. This project aims to boost Afghanistan’s capacity to identify and tackle the significant drug threats facing the country, notably by reinforcing the use of INTERPOL’s I-24/7 secure police communication system as the central system for communicating information and intelligence regionally and with INTERPOL’s General Secretariat.

The EU-funded project also seeks to enhance investigative capacity through operational technical training and, with the support of Afghan police, ECO-GIZ has seen the successful roll-out of I-24/7 to a number of border points and airports in the country as part of efforts to develop a network of border control cooperation units to stem the flow of drugs and other illegal trafficking.

“Police in Afghanistan are to be commended for their resilience, commitment to international law enforcement and  courage in the face of terrorism and other serious cross-border threats, which all too often cost the lives of Afghan police officers and citizens,” said the INTERPOL Chief.

With the national and international security role of law enforcement in Afghanistan set to increase in the coming years, including after the departure of the International Security Assistance Force at the end of this year, Secretary General Noble added:

“It is unquestionable that regional and global security can benefit greatly from enhanced international police collaboration with Afghanistan. How INTERPOL and the global police community support Afghanistan in the next decade merits continuous and dedicated focus, resources and effort.”

Minister Daudzai also received his INTERPOL Travel Document (ITD) during his visit, with Afghanistan one of 72 INTERPOL member countries which have recognized the ITD, thereby significantly speeding up the ability of INTERPOL officials to provide assistance worldwide.

The world police body’s Turn Back Crime global campaign and the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation due to open later this year in Singapore were also on the agenda.

The Afghan delegation – which included Assad Omer, Afghanistan’s Ambassador to France, Director of Foreign Relations Abdul Moqim Abdulrahimzai, and Head of INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau in Kabul, Brigadier General Sayed Afandi – also visited INTERPOL’s Command and Coordination Centre.