INTERPOL to help Lebanon improve border security

Lebanon's security authorities on Thursday reached an agreement on a series of security measures aimed at enhancing Lebanon's border controls with the world largest police organization INTERPOL.

The agreement was signed by visiting Director General of General Security Directorate of Lebanon, Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim, and INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble in INTERPOL's headquarters in Lyon, France.

According to the agreement, INTERPOL will deploy its MIND/FIND state-of-the-art passport screening system at key border control points in Lebanon, including airports, providing real-time access to INTERPOL's Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database, which will enable Lebanon's police to make the instant identification of criminals.

Other measures include integrating Lebanon's national police system into INTERPOL's database of Red Notices identifying internationally wanted persons, and linking it up with INTERPOL's stolen motor vehicle database.

"INTERPOL's enhanced cooperation with Lebanon will enhance its ability to identify and investigate criminal and terrorist activity for the benefit of Lebanon and the entire region as well," said Secretary General Noble in an INTERPOL's statement.

For his part, Ibrahim said that enhancing international law enforcement cooperation via INTERPOL was a priority for Lebanon in order to boost public safety.

"We expect our international collaboration with INTERPOL to expand in the interest of national, regional and international security," he added.

INTERPOL also announced that it will co-host with Lebanese authorities the first-ever global meeting of immigration and border security heads to share successful approaches on border protection and the screening of persons crossing borders.