Mideast: third phase Miadit Carabinieri mission starts

General consul La Cecilia, Italian engagement in Palestine

29 September, 17:01

    A group of carabinieri (archive material) A group of carabinieri (archive material)

     - JERUSALEM - The third phase of a mission to support Palestinian security forces (Miadit) by the Italian Carabinieri police was inaugurated today at the training center in Jericho, West Bank. The mission is reportedly aimed at strengthening Palestinian capacity in the field of security with a 12-week training course for 180 officers of the Presidential Guard, for the forces of national security, Palestinian civil police in the implementation of the law, investigative and police techniques, the protection of cultural heritage, including tourist police courses. Moreover, 25 Palestinian officers from previous courses were selected for another two weeks of training at a Centre of excellence for police stability units (Coespu) in Vicenza for 'training for trainers'. The Italian general consul in Jerusalem Davide La Cecilia attended the ceremony with the mission's commander, Carabinieri Colonel Marco Di Stefano, the commander of the Commission in charge of training of Palestinian security forces, Youssef Al Halo, and Jericho governor Majed Fityani. He recalled that the Carabinieri police, ''which represents the founding ideals of the Italian nation, has always ensured through its missions of peace keeping and capacity building, important contributions in several critical scenarios of the Middle East''. La Cecilia then stressed that Italy is engaged in several initiatives in this sector ''so as to strengthen Palestinian institutions with the objective of establishing an independent, sovereign and democratic Palestinian state that lives in peace and security besides Israel through a peace agreement''. (ANSAmed)

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