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  • Arsen Avakov: Ukraine and Qatar to sign visa-free regime and strengthen law-enforcement cooperation
    Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, posted 31 October 2018 16:21

    Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Arsen Avakov met with Prime Minister of Qatar Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani in Doha on October 31. During the meeting, Arsen Avakov informed about the completion of all formalities needed for the beginning of the visa-free regime from November 2, 2018.

    The parties plan to ink a framework agreement on cooperation in the law enforcement sphere between the heads of police departments. This is, first of all, a joint fight against cybercrime and drug trafficking. Ukraine will also help Qatar to train law enforcement officers, in particular, to share the experience of training police special forces.

    "Cybercrime is increasing year by year if compared with other types of crimes. And this is a very serious problem. We have one of the most advanced services which is our cyber police. Today, Ukrainian cyber police are among the strongest in the world, because we are all under constant attack and became stronger because of  that. New World - New Challenges. We will create a solid chain of competent players in the field of cybersecurity and together we will be stronger. We are currently working effectively with the United States, Canada, Germany and, with Australia. Apart from that, we have a strong cooperation with Europol and Interpol. In Middle East we want to focus on cooperation with your country ", Arsen Avakov said.

    "Cyber security is the number one priority for us. The second is the organization of a security system during the preparation for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. And the third is the development of special forces, in particular, the training of law-enforcement officers", Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani emphasized.

    Touching upon the preparation and holding of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Arsen Avakov noted that this is a challenge for the country in order to bring the world the ability to ensure measures of this level.

    "Ukraine hosted  2012 UEFA European Championship and the 2018 UEFA Champions League Final this year, so we will be happy to help and share our best practices. We can answer many of the issues related to terrorism, as well as those specific issues that policymakers know. We can share the best practices in preparation of special forces. We are training our specialists under three models - the U.S, Canada and our own experience. The level of special reaction forces is  high enough because the country is under high pressure. We can also exchange teams of our instructors ", Arsen Avakov stressed.

    In the course of the meeting the parties agreed on a mutual exchange of delegations for further exchange of experience.