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January 24, 2006

Sec. Chertoff in Europe this week

Filed under: DHS News,International HLS — by Christian Beckner on January 24, 2006

Via AP:

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff arrived in Paris for talks with French counterterrorism and security officials, the U.S. Embassy said Tuesday.

Chertoff, in his first official trip to France since taking up the post last year, arrived Monday and was scheduled to meet with the head of French counterterrorism agency DST, Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy and other officials.

The United States and France have been patching up ties that frayed over Paris’ opposition to the U.S.-led war in Iraq. Officials on both sides say cooperation is strong in the fight against terrorism.

The meetings will focus on intelligence, security and law enforcement issues — notably new U.S. rules requiring travelers to the United States to hold biometric passports, officials said.

For more on this topic, see this recent post about a Foreign Policy story that discusses the French counterterrorism model and this Washington Post story from last July.

The article also notes that Chertoff will be speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Wednesday. They might be webcasting it.

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