Interior Minister Magdy Abdel Ghaffar - File Photo
CAIRO - 13 September 2017: The Egyptian Interior Ministry on Wednesday signed a cooperation protocol with its Italian counterpart in the field of combating the organized crime and illegal immigration.
The protocol was inked by Egypt’s Assistant Interior Minister and head of the Police Academy Ahmed el Amari and the head of the central department of immigration and border police at the Italian Interior Ministry.
According to the protocol, some 360 of African police cadres from 22 countries will be trained on fighting the illegal immigration and organized crime under the supervision of Egyptian, Italian and European trainers.
The protocol also includes organizing workshops for exchanging experience and unifying the concepts and methods of combating these criminal phenomena between the two states.
The protocol comes within the context of the historic strong relations between Egypt and Italy, especially in light of the ongoing bilateral security cooperation to face new criminal phenomena that pose a threat to most European countries.
Furthermore, it reflects the confidence of the Italian and European security agencies in the Egyptian security services’ expertise and their ability to transfer their accumulated experience in combating these types of crimes to African cadres.
Moreover, the agreement highlights Egypt's effective role in combating illegal immigration at the local and regional levels.