UAE chairs 33rd session of Council of Arab Ministers of Justice in Cairo

CAIRO, 23rd November, 2017 (WAM) -- Sultan bin Saeed Al Badi, Minister of Justice, chaired the meetings of the 33rd session of the Council of Arab Ministers of Justice, which was held at the headquarters of the General Secretariat of the Arab League in Cairo, with the participation of Arab Ministers of Justice and representatives of the General Secretariat of the Council of Arab Ministers of Interior, the Gulf Cooperation Council, GCC, Naif Arab University for Security Sciences, and the Arab Lawyers Federation.

The participants discussed ways of overcoming the major challenges faced by the Arab region in combating organised crimes and terrorism, as well as strengthening Arab and international legal and judicial co-operation and adopting Arab counter-terrorism conventions.

In his speech after delivering the presidency of the Council, Al Badi,highlighted the importance of its current session, as its agenda includes many key issues. He also stressed the importance of uniting efforts to reach the best outcomes.

He added that these key issues include counter-terrorism, the "Arab Convention on Counter-Terrorism" and the "Arab Convention Against the Laundering and Financing of Terrorism," as well as updating the "Arab Model Law" to combat terrorism and criminalise ransom payments. Discussing these issues aims to promote Arab and international counter-terrorism co-operation, he further added.

He also expressed his appreciation for the Council’s efforts to enhance joint Arab action in justice and law.

The session’s agenda also includes the establishment of an Arab judicial co-operation network to combat terrorism and crime, unifying Arab-wide legislation, the "Arab Anti-Corruption Convention," and the draft "Arab Convention to Regulate Refugees Affairs," as well as updating the "Al Riyadh Arab Convention on Judicial Cooperation," the "Arab Judicial" magazine, and the activities of the "Arab Centre for Legal and Judicial Research."

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