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17 January 2017

INTERPOL and Qatar enhance collaboration on disaster victim identification

DOHA, Qatar – As part of efforts to advance collaboration between INTERPOL and Qatar, the world police body and the country’s International Search and Rescue Group of Internal Security Forces are to strengthen their cooperation in the areas of search and rescue and Disaster Victim Identification (DVI).

Under an agreement signed in Doha by INTERPOL Executive Director of Police Services, Tim Morris, and Brigadier Ibrahim Al Mohannadi, when appropriate INTERPOL’s General Secretariat will draw on the expertise of the Qatar International Search and Rescue Group to reinforce and support INTERPOL Incident Response Teams in the context of natural or man-made disasters.

With a view to fostering international cooperation in DVI as well as in searching for and rescuing missing persons, INTERPOL will also support Qatar’s forces in their efforts to build a strong, efficient and highly qualified DVI team leveraging INTERPOL’s internationally recognized standards in this area, to facilitate the deployment of Qatari DVI assistance regionally and globally.

During his visit to Doha, Mr Morris also held meetings with Qatar’s Chief of Police, Staff Major General Saad Bin Jassim Al Khulaifi, and other senior law enforcement officials to discuss national and regional security issues.

A meeting with the Secretary General of Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, Hassan Al Thawadi, provided an opportunity to discuss INTERPOL's Project Stadia. Funded by Qatar, the project supports Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy in its preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, as well as other INTERPOL member countries preparing major public events.

In this respect, in April 2017 Project Stadia will host the 1st International Major Event Security Conference in Doha, involving key decision-makers, experts and practitioners from around the world.