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Gulf Police, Interpol Cooperation Bolstered by Signing MoU | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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A man passes an Interpol logo during the handing over ceremony of the new premises for Interpol’s Global Complex for Innovation, a research and development facility, in Singapore September 30, 2014. REUTERS/Edgar Su/File Photo

Lyon- The Gulf Police and Interpol have reinforced collaboration by officially signing a memorandum of understanding that stipulates developing cooperation and coordination in the field of police work, the fight against terrorism, organized crime and cyber security. The signing took place based on the decision of interior ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

GCC General Secretariat Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani and Secretary-General Jurgen Stock co-signed the memorandum in France’s city Lyon. Many officials attended the signing, such as first chairman of the proposed GCC police force Mubarak Al-Khaili.

The memorandum promotes mutual cooperation with respect to organization, holding seminars and joint conferences, and the development of training drills. Further establishing of supportive skill sets in addition to holding fruitful consultations and enhancing the effectiveness of joint cooperation have been incorporated to the agreement.

Zayani expressed deep appreciation for great efforts invested by the Interpol internationally, combating all forms of crime and facilitating cooperation between police forces worldwide, enabling them to face the security challenges on both national and international levels.

He also considered the signing of the memorandum a crucial step for joint cooperation that would allow for Gulf Police forces to benefit from Interpol experience.

For his part, Interpol’s Secretary General highlighted the importance of such a memorandum, particularly on encouraging cooperation and coordination between the GCC and the international police organization in the fight against crime.

He pointed to the willingness of the organization to save no effort in sharing experience and knowledge with the Gulf Police.