Parliament approves participation of 50 Romanian police officers, gendarmes in Global Coalition Against Daesh

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At the request of President Klaus Iohannis, the Romanian Parliament on Tuesday approved the participation of up to 50 police officers and gendarmes in the Global Anti-ISIL/Daesh Coalition to Iraqi police forces.

The request was approved by a majority vote, with MP Victor Ponta being the only one to abstain.

Under the request, Romania’s Interior Ministry (MAI) is entitled to conclude technical agreements with the US and Italy on strategic, logistical and financial support for the participation of police officers and gendarmes in this mission. The funds necessary for the participation of the MAI forces and means in this mission are ensured by supplementing the ministry’s budget starting with 2017.

“The Global Coalition Against Daesh was set up in 2014 at the request of the Iraqi Government, being led by the US, and operated under Article 51 in the UN Charter as a coalition which general objective is neutralising and in the end destroying ISIL based on a comprehensive and sustained anti-terrorist strategy (…) In the current context of stepping up the fight against the terrorist phenomenon, the US Department of State has called for an analysis of the political and strategic opportunity for MAI to be involved with specialist personnel in the field training Iraqi police forces starting in 2017,” reads the presidential letter submitted to Parliament in which the request was made.