A visiting senior official of Kuwait's Ministry of Interior has visited Turkish security authorities examining firsthand the nation's security expertise and paving way for closer coordination at this level, Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reported.
Undersecretary of the Kuwaiti Interior Ministry Lieutenant General Sulaiman Al-Fahad, during a meeting with the Istanbul police chief, Selami Antinok, held at the city Security General Directorate, said his field visits to the country's diverse security departments aim at exchanging expertise and “opening new horizons for cooperation in combating terrorism and narcotics.”
The Turkish security apparatuses have made strides in the diverse sectors, ranking among the most advanced states in this domain, said the undersecretary, who was briefed by his Turkish host about the directorate work mechanisms and future plans to update the sector further.
The Police Chief briefed General Al-Fahad about the local law enforcement procedures, mechanisms, such as resolving crimes and tracking down suspects, anti-terrorism measures particularly at the airports.
General Al-Fahad examined Istanbul's security operations chamber and how the personnel deal with security incidents.
The two sides swapped memorial shields. The meeting was attended by the Kuwaiti General Consul in Istanbul, Sheikh Salem Fahad Al-Sabah, the MoI's assistant undersecretaries Major General Sheikh Ahmad Al-Khalifa Al-Sabah, Major General Abdulhamid Abdulrahim Al-Wadhi, Major General Issam Al-Naham and other ranking Ministry Officers.
The Kuwaiti delegation held a meeting on Monday with Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin, discussing means of cementing bilateral relations, mainly in the security field.
A recent visit to Ankara by HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah has contributed to a further promotion and consolidation of bilateral relations in various domains.
Kuwait and Turkey signed a security agreement in 2005 over cooperation in the fight against terrorism, organized crime, drugs, smuggling and illegal immigration.
Photo: Undersecretary of the Kuwaiti Interior Ministry Lieutenant General Sulaiman Al-Fahad and Istanbul Police Chief, Selami Antinok (KUNA)