Minister of Internal Affairs

Dear Mr. Chairman,

Dear colleagues, ladies and gentlemen,

On behalf of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation, I am pleased to welcome the participants of the Conference and express my gratitude to the Commissioner of the Brunei Royal Police, Mr. Jammi Al-Islamouz, for the warm reception and organization of this event.

The Russian Federation pays special attention to building an equitable, open and transparent architecture of equal and indivisible security in the Asia-Pacific region. One of its elements is the interaction of law enforcement agencies.

We note with satisfaction the common understanding and interest of our counterparts from South-East Asian countries in joint efforts to counter new challenges from international terrorism, extremism and transnational crime.

In this direction, active work is being carried out in various formats, including the East Asian Summit and the ASEAN Regional Forum on Security.

It is gratifying that the mechanism of the ARF's inter-sessional meetings on combating terrorism and transnational crime will continue its operation. The functions of its co-chairs were assumed by Russia and Indonesia, who proposed to focus the work on the phenomenon of foreign terrorist militants.

We welcome the development of contacts between such associations as the SCO Regional Antiterrorist Structure and the ASEANAPOL.

We believe that the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the SCO and the ASEANAPOL will contribute to the creation of an integrated system of antiterrorist security in the region.

For Russia and many of our partners, one of the priority areas is countering drug trafficking, in particular, the spread of synthetic drugs, most of which comes to us from the countries of South-East Asia.

I would like to emphasize the timeliness of the decision to hold from 2017 annual meetings of senior Russian-ASEAN officials on drug control.

We expect that cooperation with ASEAN countries in this sphere will reach a qualitatively new level and will allow us to more effectively counter the drug threat.

Establishment of solid working contacts in the fight against crime, as practice shows, is facilitated by international seminars and refresher courses.

We are ready to continue sharing our experience with our colleagues in the ASEANAPOL and conduct training courses on most pressing issues.

We expect that this year police officers from the ASEAN member states will take part in a seminar to be held at the Moscow University of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia on the issues of countering terrorism and extremism.

We note the active cooperation with the competent bodies of the states of the Association in the sphere of international search for persons through the Interpol channels and we thank our partners for their assistance.

We propose to further enhance the effectiveness of cooperation within Interpol, including the format of joint operations to combat certain types of offenses.

Dear colleagues,

In conclusion, I would like to emphasize our constructive attitude and readiness to cooperate with the ASEANAPOL to ensure stability and security in the region.

Thank you for attention.

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