CMF participates to UNODC Regional Counter Narcotics Seminar and Workshop

Organised by the UNODC Country Office Pakistan in collaboration with the Government of Pakistan, the seminar was the first of its kind in bringing so many affected countries together to consider a ‘shared responsibility’ approach in combating drug networks and narcotics smuggling

Organised by the UNODC Country Office Pakistan in collaboration with the Government of Pakistan, the seminar was the first of its kind in bringing so many affected countries together to consider a ‘shared responsibility’ approach in combating drug networks and narcotics smuggling

Representatives from the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) attended the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Regional Counter Narcotics Seminar and Workshop in Islamabad, Pakistan, on 27 and 28 January 2015. The event aimed at enhancing awareness and aligning international efforts to combat the challenges posed by narcotics trafficking in the Middle East.

Captain Nicholas Stoker (centre), RAN, Deputy Commander of CMF’s counter-terrorism task force, Combined Task Force 150, and Commander Aamir Iqbal (right), represented CMF at the seminar Here they are mid discussion with Mr Naweed Riaz, International Law Enforcement Advisor for UNODC Country of Pakistan

Captain Nicholas Stoker (centre), RAN, Deputy Commander of CMF’s counter-terrorism task force, Combined Task Force 150, and Commander Aamir Iqbal (right), represented CMF at the seminar
Here they are mid discussion with Mr Naweed Riaz, International Law Enforcement Advisor for UNODC Country of Pakistan

CMF was represented by Captain Nicholas Stoker Royal Australian Navy, the Deputy Commander of CMF’s counter-terrorism and counter-narcotics smuggling task force, Combined Task Force 150, and Commander Aamir Iqbal from the Pakistan Navy. The two officers briefed delegates from a large number of nations and agencies on CMF’s role in maritime security in the context of narcotics trafficking.

The UNODC Regional Counter Narcotics Seminar and Workshop aimed to enhance awareness and align efforts of regional countries in combating the challenges posed by narcotics trafficking in the Middle East

The UNODC Regional Counter Narcotics Seminar and Workshop aimed to enhance awareness and align efforts of regional countries in combating the challenges posed by narcotics trafficking in the Middle East

Organised by the UNODC Country Office in Pakistan and the Government of Pakistan, the seminar brought together many of the countries most affected by narcotics trafficking and asked them to consider a shared approach in combating drug networks and narcotics smuggling.

Captain Stoker said:

“The seminar presented a unique opportunity to highlight CMF’s role, achievements and challenges in countering narcotics smuggling as part of its counter-terrorism mission in the Middle East.”

He went on to say:

“Narcotics smuggling is a threat to maritime security and causes regional instability; it also funds international terrorist organisations and their activities across the globe. The nature of the narcotics threat requires international collaboration and interagency cooperation to ensure freedom of navigation and regional stability. CMF remains focused on deterring and disrupting terrorist activities and funding sources on the high seas.”

About Combined Maritime Forces

CMF is a unique multi-national naval coalition, dedicated to promoting security and prosperity across 3.2 million square miles of international waters in the Middle East. CMF’s main focus areas are defeating terrorism, preventing piracy, reducing illegal activities, and promoting a safe maritime environment.
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