Interpol announced plans to open a permanent office at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The Sudan Tribune reported that Interpol’s head commander in Ethiopia, Girmay Kahsay, said Interpol has reached an agreement with the Ethiopian government and the African Union to open the office.
This will be Interpol’s third permanent office outside its headquarters in Lyon, France, the Tribune said. The other offices are at the United Nations in New York and the European Union in Brussels. The move marks another step in the progression toward creating a continental police force known as AFRIPOL.
Interpol was established in 1923 and collaborates with police around the world to investigate and stop terrorism, organized crime, drug trafficking, environmental crime, genocide, war crimes and piracy. It has 190 member states.