Homeland Security Minister in Visit to Washington, New York
In a busy three-day visit planned for June 27 to 29, France’s Minister of the Interior, Manuel Valls, met with top U.S. law enforcement and security officials in Washington and New York.
In Washington, Mr. Valls saw Janet Napolitano, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security; Eric Holder, U.S. Attorney General; Robert Mueller, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); and U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu (La.), who acts as a Member of the Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs.
On June 28 in New York City, Mr. Valls met with the Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, then traveled to the headquarters of the New York City Police Department (NYPD), where he co-signed an exchange agreement for French and American police officers with Commissioner Raymond Kelly.
The minister later met a gathering of organizations of the city’s Jewish community.
Programs scheduled on June 29 as a part of Mr. Valls’s visit included seeing Ground Zero, where he laid a wreath, and a meeting with Salvatore Cassano, the New York City Fire Commissioner.