Noble meets with Hadi on terrorism in Yemen

Ronald Noble, the secretary general of Interpol, recently met with Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi, the president of Yemen, to discuss terrorism and maritime piracy.

Noble pledged the world police body's full support in the fight against terrorism during a visit to Yemen. The visit came a week after 62 people died while trying to cross the Red Sea from the Horn of Africa to Yemen. The U.N. described the incident as the worst instance of sinking in the region in 2014.

"Yemen needs critical support from the international community to control its maritime environment and to combat terrorism," Noble said. "The crimes which Yemen tackles on a daily basis, such as terrorism and maritime piracy have a global dimension and it is essential that they are provided the assistance they need, whether it is advanced technology or basics such as generators to keep their police stations open."

Noble said additional assistance can be provided to Yemen, including biometric support for prisoners to be properly documented through photos, fingerprints and iris scans. The support could help Yemen identify individuals with links to criminal and terrorist investigations.

"The international community must continue to support Yemen in its efforts to prevent and turn back crime in all its forms," Noble said.

Yemen is one of 72 countries to officially recognize the Interpol Travel Document, which ensures that international police support could be immediately provided by Interpol.