Interpol Approves Palestinian Membership Bid

Interpol Approves Palestinian Membership Bid

3 Oct, 2017
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Despite the strong opposition to Israel, Interpol (International Police Organization) has approved the Palestinian Authority’s membership bid on Wednesday. Earlier, a Palestinian attempt to join Interpol last year was failed. In addition, the International Police Organization has approved the Palestinian application along with a bid by the Solomon Islands as well.

The organization said on its Twitter account that the membership of this organization stood at 192 by the addition of Palestinian and Solomon Islands. These new members were elected by a vote in the annual general assembly in Beijing. However, the police organization did not provide any details of the voting process.

“Palestine’s membership is the outcome of members defending this organization’s raison d’etre and advancing its core values, and a clear rejection of attempts at cynical manipulation and political bullying,” Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said in a statement.

“On this joyous occasion, the State of Palestine reiterates its commitment to upholding its obligations and contributing to fighting crime and furthering the rule of law,” Maliki added.

The Palestine Liberation Organization said on Twitter that more than 75 percent of Interpol members voted to approve membership.

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