Head of Mission discussed Security Sector issues with Major General Mohammad Al Jibrini

The Mission is strongly involved in the implementation of the Palestinian Security Sector Strategic Plan 2017-2022. Whereas much of this work takes place within the Security Sector Working Group, in which the Mission serves as Technical Adviser, the Head of Mission, Kauko Aaltomaa yesterday met with Major General Mohammad Al Jibrini, Security Assistant to the Minister of Interior of the Palestinian Authority, to familiarize himself with the status.

Amongst other issues, Major General Al Jibrini updated the Head of Mission on the efforts to implement the Strategic Plan including through the newly launched Administrative Programs, designed to assist and monitor its implementation.

The Head of Mission commended the Palestinian security establishment for its efforts to develop and implement the Strategic Plan and stressed the importance of Palestinian ownership and commitment to pursue its implementation, not least by means of the Administrative Programs.

Further, the Head of Mission highlighted the vigorous engagement of the international community in the Security Sector Working Group and offered the Mission’s continued support to the implementation of the Strategic Plan, particularly through assistance to the Ministry of Interior.

Major General Al Jibrini, on his side, expressed the Ministry’s resolve to steer the implementation of the Security Sector Strategic Plan and its appreciation of EUPOL COPPS support to the Ministry in this effort. He underlined the role of the Security Sector Working Group as the principal donor coordination mechanism in the security sector in Palestine and reaffirmed the efforts of the Palestinian security institutions to own and advance the reform. He further called on EUPOL COPPS and international partners to continue supporting the development of the security sector and underlined the importance of achieving the goals of the Security Sector Strategic Plan.

The Head of Mission was accompanied by the Head of the Police Advisory Section, Pekka Kokkonen, and used the meeting to introduce the new Deputy Head of Mission and Chief of Staff, Dr. Katja Dominik, to Major General Mohammad Al Jibrini.

Photo: From left: Head of Mission, Kauko Aaltomaa; Major General Mohammad Al Jibrini, Security Assistant to the Minister of Interior of the Palestinian Authority; Deputy Head of Mission and Chief of Staff, Dr. Katja Dominik and Head of the Police Advisory Section, Pekka Kokkonen.