Cyprus’ control capabilities have been reinforced at ports and airports to cooperate with Europol and Interpol, Foreign Ministry Permanent Secretary Alexandros Zenon said on Monday.
The island has also coordinated its efforts to protect its border by cooperating with the two on information exchange, said an official announcement.
Zenon noted that this resulted in the apprehension of a number of potential foreign fighters, who were returned to their countries of origin.
Addressing an extraordinary meeting of the Global Counter-errorism Forum (GCTF) and of the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL in The Hague, he said the recruitment of foreign fighters by ISIL poses a number of dangers and threats to the security of the countries from which they originate.
He added that more ways of cooperation and coordination between the countries involved were necessary.
Zenon highlighted the importance of creating an international protection framework for antiquities from the Middle East, which are frequently subjected to illicit trafficking.
The meeting in the Netherlands is attended by countries and organizations that are part of the global anti-ISIL and anti-terrorism coalition. Cyprus was invited to participate due to its contribution and the role it plays in the Eastern Mediterranean region.