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"2016 Arab year of countering terrorism" - Arab Ministers
December 11, 2015, 9:30 am
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The 39th conference of the Arab police and security commanders

The Arab Interior Ministers' Council decided on Thursday to consider 2016 the Arab year for combating terrorism, urging the preparation of a comprehensive program for the purpose.

Participants in the 39th conference of the Arab police and security commanders that wrapped up two-day meetings in Tunisia today recommended that 2016 would be the Arab year to combat terrorism, amid escalation of terrorist acts and growing activities by extremist groups in some Arab countries, the Council's Secretariat said in a statement.

They also asked the Secretariat to study the potential of organizing a regular conference for women police and one for control and inspection departments in the Arab ministries of interior, in addition to comprising child rights and the relevant national and international legal references in the curricula of the police and security colleges and institutes to enhance awareness, the statement added.

The conference has also called for boosting cooperation between security institutions and socialization institutions, and the civil society organization concerned with child rights to protect the young against crimes.

The gathering approved recommendations of the conferences and meetings held under the umbrella of the Interior Ministers' Council Secretariat through 2015.

The conference, opened on Wednesday by Tunisia's Interior Minister Najem Gharsalli, was attended by high-profile security delegations from the Arab countries, together with representatives of the Arab League, Naif Arab University for Security Sciences, the Arab Police Sports Union, the Interpol and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

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