US homeland security chief to visit Belgium

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Janet Napolitano will travel next week to Europe and the Middle East for talks with her counterparts on fighting terrorism and other global security concerns.

WASHINGTON - Napolitano, the top US official tasked with keeping America safe from terrorism and other domestic threats, will travel to Belgium, Denmark, Spain, the United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom from November 2-8, on her third visit to Europe, according to a press release.

Napolitano will meet in Belgium with members of the European Parliament and with Belgian officials on combating crime and terrorism while protecting civil liberties.

She also planned to meet with World Customs Organization Secretary General Kunio Mikuriya on international efforts to crack down on smuggling and strengthen cargo screening.

In Denmark, the secretary will join her counterparts for talks on transportation security, efforts to share information on crime networks and continuing efforts to end cross-border crime, including human trafficking.

In Spain, Napolitano is to hold talks with security and customs officials. She also will deliver a speech before the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners.

In the United Arab Emirates, Napolitano will hold talks on transportation and maritime security.

In Britain she is to join her counterparts from France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Spain on joint efforts "to combat terrorism, secure cyber networks and infrastructure, and support international law enforcement efforts while protecting privacy," the press statement said.


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