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Posted On: 23 June 2019 09:53 am

GCC, Central Asian nations meet in Doha to strengthen cooperation in fight against drugs

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A meeting in Doha, chaired by the Director Criminal Information Centre For Drug Control Cooperation Council For The Arab Gulf States, Brigadier Saqr Rashid Al Muraikhi, and the Director of the Central Asian Regional Information Coordination Centre for Combating Illicit Trafficking in Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and their Precursors (CARICC) Pustovitov G.B., reviewed ways of developing bilateral relations and cooperation in the field of combating drugs and related issues, as well as fighting the smuggling of Afghan opium into the Arabian Gulf region and combating the financing of terrorism and money-laundering stemming from illicit drug trafficking.

Following the meeting, Brigadier Al Muraikhi said in a statement that the visit by the Director of CARICC to Doha comes within the framework of the CARICC continuously work to strengthen and activate regional and international cooperation with counterpart organisations and centres, exchange experiences and discuss the developments in the field of drug control as a problem of regional and international dimensions facing all societies, thus efforts must be made to combat this scourge.

He said that this visit also reflects the importance Centre in the field of drug control, noting that that the two centres will exchange important information related to combating illegal drug trafficking during the visit.

Brigadier Al Muraikhi said that the cooperation of the Centre with the regional and international organisations is an important addition to opening new horizons for the exchange of experiences in combating illicit trafficking in narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances.

He pointed to the similarity between the two centres in the way they work through the presence of contact officers from each member state, as well as the way of exchanging information through the security channels, in addition to the similarity of competencies and convergence between the two centres.

For his part, Pustovitov G.B. expressed his pleasure at visiting the Criminal Information Centre for Drug Control in Doha, stressing the importance of further fruitful cooperation between the two centers.

He said that CARICC signed several MoUs with several regional and international organisations around the world that can provide information support and scientific and practical support to the Centre.

He said that they are pleased to cooperate with Centre for the benefit from the accumulated experience in the field of combatting illicit trafficking in narcotics, psychotropic substances and precursor chemicals, as well as intelligence in this area.

CARICC is formed of: Republics of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and the Russian Federation, in addition to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), based in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Source: QNA