Germany cautions against politicizing Interpol

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Germany is congratulating the newly elected president of Interpol and warning against politicizing the global police cooperation agency.

Foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Adebahr said Berlin is “convinced that Kim Jong Yang is a good choice” and pointed to a “clear election result” in his favor. Kim defeated Alexander Prokopchuk, a veteran of Russia’s security services, in Wednesday’s vote.

Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said the priority for the new president should be ensuring “stability and continuity” in Interpol’s work after his Chinese predecessor’s abrupt departure.

Seehofer said in a statement that “all tendencies to politicize the organization and its work should be counteracted.”