For Immediate Release
DHS Press Office
DRESDEN, Germany—Today, Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas concluded his trip to Germany where he met with international counterparts to discuss a range of shared global security-related priorities, including counterterrorism, foreign terrorist fighters, and the importance of information sharing.
In Berlin, Deputy Secretary Mayorkas joined German Federal Ministry of the Interior State Secretary Emily Haber in co-chairing the Security Cooperation Group, the bilateral forum that oversees cooperation between the German Federal Ministry of the Interior and DHS. During the meeting, Deputy Secretary Mayorkas reaffirmed the Department’s commitment to working with its German counterparts to identify and interdict foreign terrorist fighter travel. Deputy Secretary Mayorkas also discussed how DHS routinely shares information with international law enforcement and our counterterrorism allies to ensure collective global security.
While in Germany, Deputy Secretary Mayorkas also met with U.S. Ambassador to Germany John Emerson, German Federal Ministry of Justice State Secretary Stefanie Hubig, and German Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution President Hans-Georg Maassen to underscore the ties between the security of the United States and Germany.
Deputy Secretary Mayorkas, along with U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, traveled to Dresden to participate in the Interior Ministers of the European Union Group of 6 (France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, and the UK) meeting. Deputy Secretary Mayorkas discussed international efforts to prevent the movement of foreign terrorist fighters through interdiction and arrests, border security measures, and improved information sharing, including through Interpol. He also addressed efforts to fulfill obligations under UN Security Council Resolution 2178. Following the meeting, Deputy Secretary Mayorkas participated in a series of bilateral meetings with the Interior Ministers of the European Union Group of 6 to discuss joint efforts to bolster international peace and security.
Later today, Deputy Secretary Mayorkas will travel to Latvia to participate in the U.S.-EU Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting. Deputy Secretary Mayorkas will meet with international counterparts to discuss collective efforts to combat terrorism, enhance aviation security, secure cyberspace, and address other homeland security-related priorities.
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