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Afripol, Interpol to sign cooperation pact in January

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Delegates pose for a group photo during the second general assembly of the African Union Mechanism for Police Cooperation (Afripol) in Algiers, Algeria, Oct. 15, 2018. Afripol will sign a cooperation with the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) in January 2019. Xinhua

ALGIERS (Xinhua) – A cooperation agreement between the African Police Cooperation Mechanism (Afripol) and the International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) will be signed in January, said an African Union (AU) official on Monday.

The AU Commissioner for Peace and Security Smail Chergui made the announcement in an opening speech at the second Afripol General Assembly in Algiers.

Mr Chergui said that a cooperation agreement will be signed next January between Afripol and Interpol, in a bid to reinforce their partnership and coordination in terms of combating prevailing scourges such as terrorism and organised crime.

He hailed “the tremendous progress achieved by Afripol within a year of existence.”

Mr Chergui stressed that Afripol is key mechanism in maintaining peace and security, adding that the main challenges are “combating terrorism, transnational organized crime, as well as cyber security and capacity-building and training.”

Algerian Interior Minister Noureddine Bedoui said that Afripol “made tangible progress within the priorities of its work plan of 2017/2019,” urging for comprehensive and unified work to address security challenges prevailing in the continent.

Afripol is a technical body of the African Union which aims at adopting comprehensive vision to improve the effectiveness of African police agencies through sharing information and enhancing coordination.

The organisation was created on Dec. 13, 2015 in Algeria and includes 41 African countries with its headquarters based in Algeria.

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