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04 October 2017

INTERPOL meeting gathers counter-terrorism experts to enhance regional cooperation

BUCHAREST, Romania – Improving the exchange of information between counter-terrorism experts from the Middle East and North Africa was the focus of an INTERPOL meeting in Bucharest.

Bringing together more than 25 high-ranking officers from six countries in the Middle East and North Africa and five international organizations, the 3rd INTERPOL Counter-Terrorism Committee Meeting for the Middle East and North Africa served to provide better understanding of INTERPOL projects associated with the two regions.

Funded by the INTERPOL Foundation for a Safer World, the three-day (2 – 4 October) meeting also provided an opportunity to increase synergies between national and international organizations involved in the fight against terrorism, supported by INTERPOL's global capabilities.

Future initiatives on a strategic level to further develop capacity building for law enforcement in the area of counter-terrorism were also discussed.

Hosted at the headquarters of the Southeast European Law Enforcement Center (SELEC), this was the third INTERPOL meeting of its kind to bring together counter-terrorism experts from the Middle East and North Africa.

Countries participating in the meeting were Algeria, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

Committee representatives from Europol, NATO, SELEC and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime also attended the meeting.