Secretary Napolitano was in Abu Dhabi today, meeting Abu Dhabi Crown Prince General Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to promote air traffic security through United Arab Emirates (UAE) participation in the U.S. Immigration Advisory Program, as a first step toward the establishment of a passenger Pre-Clearance pilot program. The Secretary also met with UAE Minister of Interior Lt. Gen. Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to discuss the facilitation of legitimate trade and travel.
While in Abu Dhabi, Secretary Napolitano also joined U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton and Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca at the Gulf States Global Police Symposium—where she highlighted the Department’s partnerships with the international law enforcement community.
Yesterday, Secretary Napolitano met with Minister of State for Interior Affairs Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani in Qatar, and signed a bilateral aviation security agreement, building on previous discussions to strengthen our ability to combat transnational crime and other threats through enhanced information sharing while facilitating travel and international commerce.
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