Readout of Deputy Secretary Mayorkas' Visit to Spain

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For Immediate Release
DHS Press Office
Contact: 202-282-8010

BARCELONA, Spain— Today, Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas was in Barcelona, Spain to participate in the European Union (EU) Group of 6 + 1 Interior Ministers’ Meeting where he met with his international counterparts from France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom, to discuss counterterrorism efforts, to include aviation security, and efforts to stem illegal immigration and global drug trafficking.    

Deputy Secretary Mayorkas participated in the European Union Group of 6 + 1 Interior Ministers’ Meeting, where he underscored the importance of international collaboration on a variety of homeland security-related priorities, including the joint concern of extremist travel to and from Syria, and information sharing such as via the Preventing and Combating Serious Crime Agreements, negotiated by the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice, which increase critical information sharing capabilities with key partner countries to help prevent terrorism and transnational crimes.

During his visit, Deputy Secretary Mayorkas also met bilaterally with United Kingdom Home Secretary Theresa May, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière, and Spanish Interior Minister Jorge Fernández Diaz to discuss the importance of international collaboration in law enforcement investigations in areas such as human trafficking, cyber crime, and intellectual property rights violations.

Yesterday, Deputy Secretary Mayorkas concluded a trip to Athens, Greece, where he participated in the U.S.-EU Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting and met 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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