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10 September 2014

Formal recognition of INTERPOL Travel Document underlines Kuwait’s commitment to global security

LYON, France – Kuwait’s commitment to international police cooperation has been underlined with the signing of a formal agreement recognizing the INTERPOL Travel Document at the INTERPOL General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon.

Chief of Kuwait Police and Ministry of the Interior Under Secretary Lieutenant General Suleiman Fahad Al Fahad and INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble signed the agreement, which will enable INTERPOL’s ability to swiftly deploy officials in response to any calls for assistance or support from Kuwait.

“Signing this agreement is of special importance in supporting law enforcement cooperation via INTERPOL,” said Lieutenant General Al Fahad.

“Our discussions today provided an opportunity to identify areas where we can collaborate even more closely and assist INTERPOL’s efforts in the fight against organized crime and terrorism,” concluded the Kuwait Police Chief.

Secretary General Noble said Kuwait’s formal recognition of the INTERPOL Travel Document was further evidence of the country’s commitment to using the world policing body’s tools and network to boost global law enforcement cooperation.

In April this year officials in Kuwait seized some three million Captagon pills concealed in iron tablets which had been shipped through several countries before their discovery. In June, following the discovery of 20,000 illicit Tramadol tablets hidden inside fake parts shipped from Egypt, Kuwait requested the issue of an INTERPOL Purple Notice to alert other countries to this method of smuggling.

“Kuwait has been and remains a strong supporter of INTERPOL in addressing a range of transnational crimes, and its recognition of the Travel Document is a boost to the safety and security of its own citizens and throughout the region,” said Secretary General Noble.

“The visit by Lieutenant General Al Fahad and his delegation has also provided us with an opportunity to identify additional areas where we can work even more closely together,” concluded the head of INTERPOL.

During his visit, the Kuwaiti Police Chief and his delegation – which included Major General Mahmoud Iberahim Al Tabakh, Director General of the Criminal Investigation Department – were also briefed on a number of the Organization’s key programmes and initiatives, including the terrorism Fusion Task Force and the Turn Back Crime global awareness campaign.