Representatives of Austria and Iraq have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on intensified cooperation in police matters. Cooperation is to be intensified in particular in the areas of counter-terrorism, action against organised crime (OC) and actions against illegal migration.
The same applies to the fight against theft, smuggling, economic and financial crimes, corruption and money laundering. A regular exchange of knowledge, experience, expertise and research has been agreed between the two nations. There are also to be joint projects. Furthermore, the secondment of document advisors and training by them is planned. Technical exchange between the Alpine Republic and Iraq is also to be facilitated.
Austria’s Federal Police Director Michael Takàcs said: “With our agreement, we are taking an important step towards improving cooperation between police authorities and increasing security in our countries.” International crime can only be effectively fought through cross-border cooperation, he said. Iraq had already signalled an initial interest in deepening security cooperation in July 2019. Since then, two memoranda of understanding have already been signed.