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Kuwait National Guard joins int'l gendarmeries and police forces body
October 24, 2018, 9:27 am

Kuwait's National Guard has joined the International Association of Gendarmeries and Police Forces with Military Status to become the 19th member, alongside nations such as France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Turkey.

Joining the body, also known as the FIEP, will help Kuwait to enhance its cooperation in security, the exchange of experience, coexistence and training with the other member countries' forces, National Guard Secretary Lt Gen Hasim Al­Refai said at the body's meeting on Tuesday.

Kuwait is the seventh Arab country to join the body, founded in 1994, following Djibouti, Jordan, Morocco, Palestine, Qatar, and Tunisia. It does so along with Senegal, who both celebrated the occasion at the talks which witnessed Turkey's Gendarmerie's handing of the annually rotating FIEP presidency to the Royal Marechaussee of the Netherlands.

The announcement was welcomed by several existing Arab members. Jordan's Darak forces representative Col Mohammad Al­Ammoosh, whose country presided over the body in 2017, praised Kuwait's efforts in support of global security and Jordan.

Palestinian National Guard Assistant Chief Brig Gen Ismail Qadi also commended Kuwait's support of Palestinian forces. He proposed establishing a similar miniature regional body between the Arab members, focused on tackling cross border crimes such as terrorism, illegal migration, trafficking and organised crime.

Qatar's Lekhwiya Assistant Commander Maj Gen Abdulaziz bin Faisal said he had invited Kuwait's National Guard to attend Milipol Qatar, an international exhibition dedicated to the homeland security and civil defence sectors.

Source: KUNA

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