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European Commission - Statement

Statement by Commissioner Avramopoulos following his meeting with U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly

Washington, 8 February 2017

Today, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly and I had our first meeting in Washington DC to discuss transatlantic cooperation on the global challenges of security and migration, and to exchange views on transatlantic cooperation more widely.

The security threats faced by the United States and the European Union are common – and so should be our response. The existing, tangible cooperation between the U.S. and the EU in the fight against terrorism and on enhancing cybersecurity should continue and be strengthened. Information sharing is our strongest tool in this effort.

I also underlined during our meeting that the refugee crisis today is a global challenge that the EU and the U.S. should address together.

After this fruitful and friendly first discussion, I look forward to continuing to work closely with the new administration in order to address these global challenges together, and to maintain and deepen the historic bonds of friendship between the United States and the European Union. This partnership makes us stronger and responds to the concerns of our citizens.

STATEMENT/17/249

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