Secretary Napolitano was in Paris today as part of a six-day international trip, joining her counterparts from France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, and the United Kingdom at the G6+1 Ministerial Meeting to discuss collaborative efforts to combat transnational crime, secure cyberspace and ensure a more safe, secure and resilient global supply chain.
During her bilateral discussions, the Secretary underscored the inextricable link between international security and the security of our homeland. In today's world, the very nature of travel, trade, and commerce means that one vulnerability or gap anywhere across the globe has the ability to affect economic activity thousands of miles away.
Tomorrow, the Secretary and Attorney General Eric Holder will meet with French Minister of the Interior Claude Guéant to reiterate DHS’s commitment to strengthening aviation security and information sharing to combat terrorism while facilitating trade and tourism.
The Secretary will also deliver remarks on the importance of strong international security partnerships at the Institut des Hautes Études de Défense Nationale (IHEDN). Secretary Napolitano will then travel to Qatar and the United Arab Emirates on Dec. 3-6 to meet with her counterparts and join U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton and Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca at the Gulf States Global Police Symposium. At the Symposium, the Secretary will deliver remarks on DHS’s role in international law enforcement efforts. Check back here on the blog for more updates as the trip continues and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest.