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Readout of Acting Secretary Beers’ Visit to Italy

Release Date: 
September 13, 2013

For Immediate Release
DHS Press Office
Contact: 202-282-8010

ROME— Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Rand Beers  traveled to Rome on Sept. 12-13 to meet with his Group of Six (G6) international counterparts from France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, and the United Kingdom. During the G6 Ministerial Meeting, where he joined U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Acting Secretary Beers discussed shared goals and trans-Atlantic efforts related to migration, counterterrorism, cybersecurity, and preventing and combating transnational crime. 

“The Department of Homeland Security continues to collaborate with our international partners towards our common goals to combat and mitigate threats we all face, including countering terrorism and violent extremism, especially with regard to our international aviation system, as well as cooperating to improve cybersecurity,” said Acting Secretary Beers. “We must continue to work together to combat these threats and the larger issue of transnational criminal activity, and enhance our common efforts to increase security for the United States and our partners around the world.” 

During the G6 Ministerial, Acting Secretary Beers underscored the importance of information sharing, such as via the Preventing and Combating Serious Crime Agreements, negotiated by the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice, which increase critical information sharing capabilities with key partner countries to help prevent terrorism and transnational crime. 

Acting Secretary Beers also emphasized the importance of the Department of Homeland Security’s international collaboration in law enforcement investigations in areas such as human trafficking, cyber crime, and intellectual property rights violations. 

During his visit, Acting Secretary Beers also met with French Interior Minister Manuel Valls, German Federal Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich, Italian Interior Minister Angelino Alfano, Spanish Interior Minister Jorge Fernández Díaz, and U.K. Home Secretary Theresa May, discussing areas of common interest. 

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Review Date: 
September 13, 2013
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