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04 June 2015

International police cooperation focus of Belgium Foreign Minister’s visit to INTERPOL

LYON, France – Cooperation between Belgium and INTERPOL’s global law enforcement network against transnational organized crime topped the agenda during a meeting today between Foreign Affairs Minister Didier Reynders and INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock.

Discussions during the visit by Mr Reynders to INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters covered regional and international security, including terrorism and foreign terrorist fighters, border security threats and cybercrime.

“We need to exchange more and more information, and we are pleased to see that is the case with INTERPOL, which makes it possible to exchange with its 190 member countries more information in different fields,” said Minister Reynders.

With the transnational movement of foreign fighters affecting all regions of the world, Secretary General Stock praised the commitment of the Belgian authorities to tackling this threat by sharing information via INTERPOL’s global databases. The country ranks in the top five providing data on foreign fighters with INTERPOL’s databases.

Highlighting the successful outcomes which can be achieved through such information sharing, the Head of INTERPOL pointed to a case from 2014 when an individual subject to an international alert issued by Belgium via INTERPOL for terrorism offenses was detained in Lebanon based on this shared intelligence.

“Time and again, Belgium has demonstrated its dedication to international police cooperation, and the country continues to be a critical ally in the fight against terrorism and all forms of transnational crime,” said Secretary General Stock.

During his visit to the world police body’s General Secretariat headquarters, Belgium’s Foreign 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.

The Belgian delegation also included Patrick Vercauteren-Drubbel, Belgium’s Ambassador to France, and Luc de Lobel, Consul General of Belgium in Marseille.

Didier Reynders - Belgian Minister of Foreign Affairs