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Interior Ministry inks deal to develop border guard sector

JEDDAH: Recently, the Interior Ministry signed an agreement with the German Interior Ministry to collaboratively develop the Kingdom’s Border Guard system, as well as provide future advice and training in various security matters. Following the signing of the deal, the German Interior Ministry intends to open an office in Riyadh in order to ensure the proper implementation of the agreement’s provisions.
The agreement stipulated that no officer or person withour proper authority can directly enter the Border Guard office to assume any task, except with the permission of the Director of the Office.
Further, no person is allowed to use the premises as a shelter, or for purposes inconsistent with its objectives. The office, including its assets and funds, shall also enjoy full immunity against any search or seizure, or any executive action, in addition to the full protection of the archives and documents contained within the premises. According to the agreement, the office has also been exempted from customs duties.
The agreement stated that the employees of the office and workers of the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) will abide by the Kingdom’s regulations and will take into account its traditions and customs.
Further, such employees shall not interfere in its internal affairs or conduct any activity outside the scope of their roles. The members of the office will also enjoy judicial immunity during the course of their work.

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