Global police agency Interpol elected Emirati Inspector General Maj. Gen. Ahmed Nasser Al-Raisi as its president on Thursday.
Raisi's election was reported on Interpol's Twitter feed and the United Arab Emirates state news agency.
"Mr Ahmed Nasser AL RAISI of the United Arab Emirates has been elected to the post of President (4-yr term)," Interpol said on Twitter.
“It’s an honor to have been elected to serve as the next president of Interpol," the global police agency quoted Al-Raisi as saying.
“Interpol is an indispensable organization built on the strength of its partnerships. It is this collaborative spirit, united in mission, that I will continue to foster as we work to make a safer world for people and communities," he said.