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Albanian, Italian police strengthen cooperation

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TIRANA, Feb 14 /ATA/ – Albanian and Italian police will keep on working in close partnership not only in their shared fight against organized crime, but also on joint projects between the two institutions.

Director General of the Albanian State Police, Ardi Veliu, held a meeting with a high-level delegation of the Italian police lead by Prefect Nicolino D’Angelo, the Deputy Head of the Italian State Police and Director of the Criminal Police Central Directorate.

Prefect Nicolino D’Angelo affirmed readiness to further strengthen police and security cooperation in the future, underlining that arrest of wanted fugitives is a priority.

“Italy is totally committed to this front and this is best demonstrated by the large presence of the Italian police members in Albania,” D’Angelo said, adding that “capture of wanted persons is a top priority along with the fight against organized crime and illicit trafficking.”

Albanian State Police chief Ardi Veliu assured Italian partners of close and fruitful cooperation. Veliu praised contribution of the Italian police, affirming the State Police readiness and support for all projects lead by Italy.

“Italian police and government have been and remain strategic partners of Albanian State Police and government,” Veliu said.

Veliu announced that reconnaissance flights over Albanian territory will commence earlier this year to support the Albanian police efforts to prevent drugs cultivation.

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