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.