A meeting was held at the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia with representatives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Qatar and the internal security forces of this state. The Russian delegation was headed by First Deputy-Minister of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation, Police Colonel-General Aleksandr Gorovoy, and the Qatari delegation was headed by the Commander of the National Command Center, Major-General Khalifa Abdullah Al-Nueimi.
Opening the meeting, Aleksandr Gorovoy thanked the foreign colleagues for the participation of Qatari specialists in the work of the Russian Center for International Police Cooperation and expressed the readiness of the Russian police to provide the necessary assistance, given the importance of the next World Cup Championship in Qatar in 2022.
The First Deputy-Minister spoke about the algorithm and sequence of actions of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia together with other law enforcement agencies during preparations for the FIFA 2018 World Cup and during its holding, focusing on various aspects of police work with fans from different countries.
The meeting was attended by chiefs of the divisions of the MIA of Russia Central Office, including the Administration for Security of Major International and Mass Sports Events, the GA for Traffic Safety and the Administration for International Relations of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia. They shared their experiences of ensuring the safety during the preparation and holding of the FIFA 2018 World Cup.
Representatives of the Qatari delegation said that the operation of the Russian law enforcement agencies during the Championship became a model example for many countries, and they were ready to adopt the positive experience of Russia, including the introduction of a “fan passport”, in order to improve the security of the upcoming football forum in Qatar.
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