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31 October 2014-Visit to Middle East and Europe to strengthen key law enforcement and security partnerships

Minister for Justice

Visit to Middle East and Europe to strengthen key law enforcement and security partnerships

31 October 2014

Next week I will visit the Middle East and Europe where I will hold key meetings with international ministerial and law enforcement counterparts from the United Arab Emirates, Europe and Turkey as part of the Coalition Government’s work to keep Australians safe.

I will be joined by Australian Federal Police Commissioner Andrew Colvin when I address the 83rd INTERPOL General Assembly in Monaco regarding Australia’s response to the threat of foreign fighters.

This year marks 100 years of international police cooperation and the foundation of the establishment of INTERPOL in 1914.

In the UK, we will attend the recently established National Crime Agency to discuss its role and progress in fighting serious and organised crime.

We will hold a range of high-level discussions with counterparts in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Ukraine and Turkey, and visit the AFP officers involved in ongoing work for the MH17 joint investigation, and others who are part of Australia’s frontline to be briefed on the ongoing threat that foreign fighters pose to Australia and our allies.

Australia recognises that cooperation at every level, both domestically and with our international partners, is necessary to address contemporary threats to our safety and security.

It is vital that Australia continues to work closely with our key international partners in this era of unique national security challenges.