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21 November 2017

Police chiefs discuss Middle East and North Africa security issues

LYON, France – Maximizing the use of INTERPOL’s global policing capabilities to address national and regional threats was the focus of a meeting of police chiefs from the Middle East and North Africa.

Bringing together more than 40 senior law enforcement officials from 15 countries, the Arab Interior Ministers Council and GCCPOL, the meeting enabled participants to share updates, challenges and improvements one year on from their first gathering.

With an increasing amount of policing information shared by Middle East and North African countries across a range of crimes including terrorism, people smuggling and cybercrime, identifying areas for enhanced cooperation through INTERPOL was a key topic.

Developing battlefield evidence collection initiatives under INTERPOL’s Project Vennlig was highlighted as an important means to undermine terrorist groups, prevent and interdict fighters travelling to and returning from conflict zones and assess their risk profiles.

Countries represented at the meeting were Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tunis and the United Arab Emirates.