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International border security forum urges states to exchange information to combat cross-border crimes

Participants pose for a group photo at the end of the First International Symposium on Border Security and Safety in Jeddah on Thursday. (SPA)
JEDDAH: Participants of the First International Symposium on Border Security and Safety (Challenges and Solutions) concluded on Thursday in Jeddah.
Border Guards Director General Awad Al-Balawi announced that the recommendations included the establishment of an international symposium on land and maritime borders to be held in two years, led by Saudi Arabia.
Al-Balawi added that the participants agreed on encouraging states to exchange information to combat cross-border crimes; coordinate programs to build capacities (including training of trainers); urge states to adopt special regional and international mechanisms when dealing with illegal acts which can affect the security of land and maritime borders; take an interest in the economic development of border regions; promote participation of local societies in achieving border security; and urge the states to cooperate in scientific research that can enhance border safety and security.
Al-Balawi said that the recommendations will help develop the border and coast guards, promote land and maritime border security and safety, combat cross-border crimes and achieve security and stability in all states.
He praised the special efforts of all the participants that led to the success of the symposium.
The Border Guards spokesman pointed out that the symposium was attended by border and coast guard leaders, officials and experts, specialists from many states around the world, whose fruitful discussions led to the recommendations and suggestions of this symposium.

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