Qatar gives $2m to Interpol

2010-11-08 19:04

Doha - Qatar said on Monday that it will give $2m towards a new anti-crime centre in Singapore as global police organisation Interpol opened its annual assembly in the gas-rich emirate.

Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani announced the funding at the opening session of the 79th Interpol General Assembly, which is expected to approve detailed plans for the new centre.

The so-called Interpol Global Complex is intended to complement the agency's existing general secretariat in Lyons, France, and is planned to go into full operation in late 2013 or early 2014.

It will provide innovative forensics and database research, and enhance the organisation's ability to provide round-the-clock support to national police forces across time zones, the Interpol website says.

The assembly is also expected to approve a new Interpol passport, which will allow the agency's staff to travel more easily across the 188 member countries.

Several countries have already announced their agreement to allow entry of the new passport holders without a visa.