Middle East and North Africa Police Chiefs address regional crime issues

25 de noviembre de 2019
INTERPOL meeting gathers senior law enforcement officials to identify ways forward in tackling crime and terrorism

MARRAKECH, Morocco – With the Middle East and North Africa one of the fastest growing regions for information exchange via INTERPOL, police chiefs are meeting to identify ways for even stronger cooperation.

Whilst terrorism remains a key issue, addressing the threats posed by cybercrime and organized crime, such as drug trafficking, will also be high on the agenda of the fourth Meeting for Chiefs of Police from the Middle East and North Africa.

Mohammad Ben Ali Koman, Secretary General of the AIMC, Directeur Central de la Police Judiciare, Mohammed Dkhissi and INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock.
Mohammad Ben Ali Koman, Secretary General of the AIMC, Directeur Central de la Police Judiciare, Mohammed Dkhissi and INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock.
At INTERPOL’s fourth Meeting for Chiefs of Police from the Middle East and North Africa, tackling organized crime and terrorism are high on the agenda.
At INTERPOL’s fourth Meeting for Chiefs of Police from the Middle East and North Africa, tackling organized crime and terrorism are high on the agenda.
Directeur Central de la Police Judiciare, Mohammed Dkhissi and Secretary General Stock take part in a press conference.
Directeur Central de la Police Judiciare, Mohammed Dkhissi and Secretary General Stock take part in a press conference.
Whilst terrorism remains a key issue, addressing the threats posed by cybercrime and organized crime, such as drug trafficking, will be discussed during the meeting.
Whilst terrorism remains a key issue, addressing the threats posed by cybercrime and organized crime, such as drug trafficking, will be discussed during the meeting.
Senior police officials from the Middle East and North Africa are attending the two-day INTERPOL meeting being held in Marrakech, Morocco.
Senior police officials from the Middle East and North Africa are attending the two-day INTERPOL meeting being held in Marrakech, Morocco.
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Operations coordinated by INTERPOL across the region have underlined the links between various types of transnational crime.

Trigger IV, which targeted illicit arms, resulted not only in the seizure of weapons which potentially linked crime scenes in the Middle East, Europe and Latin America but also 98 arrests in relation to migrant smuggling, trafficking in illicit goods and other crimes.

The meeting is being attended by senior law enforcement officials from Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.
The meeting is being attended by senior law enforcement officials from Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

Between July and September this year, Operation Neptune II, which focused on maritime border security on routes between North Africa and Southern Europe, saw the detection of 12 terrorism suspects.

INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock said the range of current and future security challenges requires continued regional and global cooperation.

Secretary General Jürgen Stock said INTERPOL’s activities in support of Middle East and North Africa strengthened our collective understanding of the threat landscape.
Secretary General Jürgen Stock said INTERPOL’s activities in support of Middle East and North Africa strengthened our collective understanding of the threat landscape.

“INTERPOL activities in the Middle East and North Africa continue unabated, strengthening our collective understanding of the threat landscape.

“At the same time, we are seeing results around the world because of national law enforcement’s increased collection and sharing of information across the region via INTERPOL. Each piece of policing data adds to INTERPOL’s effectiveness as a global early warning system.”

Directeur Central de la Police Judiciare, Mohammed Dkhissi delivered an address at the opening ceremony.
Directeur Central de la Police Judiciare, Mohammed Dkhissi delivered an address at the opening ceremony.

The two-day (25 and 26 November) meeting brings together some 60 senior law enforcement officials from 17 countries, the Arab Interior Ministers Council, the Gulf Cooperation Council Police Organization (GCCPOL), and the Naif Arab University for Security Sciences.

Mohammad Ben Ali Koman, Secretary General of the Arab Interior Ministers’ Council underlined the need for regional and global cooperation in combating all forms of crime.
Mohammad Ben Ali Koman, Secretary General of the Arab Interior Ministers’ Council underlined the need for regional and global cooperation in combating all forms of crime.

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