For Immediate Release
DHS Press Office
WASHINGTON— Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson met with UK Home Secretary Theresa May to discuss progress on a range of shared homeland security-related concerns, including counterterrorism efforts, aviation security, collaboration in law enforcement, and information sharing.
During the meeting, Secretaries Johnson and May discussed their countries’ implementation efforts related to UN Security Council Resolution 2178, which addresses terrorism and preventing the movement of foreign terrorist fighters through improved information sharing, interdiction and arrests, and border security measures. They also discussed joint efforts to counter violent extremism, including sharing approaches to evaluate the effectiveness of prevention and intervention efforts, developing a proactive strategy to address violent extremist and, in particular, terrorist use of the internet and social media platforms, and exchanging approaches for the identification of violent extremists and engagement with communities to address these individuals and others targeted for radicalization to violence.
Both Secretaries also addressed efforts to protect the aviation system, while facilitating legitimate trade and travel. Secretary Johnson underscored the United States’ announcement earlier this year to negotiate expansion of air preclearance operations to foreign airports in nine countries, including the United Kingdom, which will enable U.S. Customs and Border Protection to stop potential threats before they arrive on U.S. soil. Secretary Johnson also highlighted the Department’s efforts with the Department of State and other Federal agencies to introduce a number of additional or revised security criteria for all members in the Visa Waiver Program.
Secretaries Johnson and May reaffirmed that the United States and United Kingdom are committed to promoting information sharing between our law enforcement agencies and encouraging cooperation between the public and private sectors to better ensure our collective security.
Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson meets with UK Home Secretary Theresa May to discuss a range of shared homeland security-related concerns in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. (DHS Photo/Jetta Disco)
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