DHS Secretary Johnson meets with Saudi interior minister

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson met on Sunday with the Saudi Arabian Interior Minister his Royal Highness Mohammed bin Nayef in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

The meeting, which focused on security priorities including law enforcement, counterterrorism, cybersecurity and cooperate security efforts, was the second meeting Johnson had with bin Nayef since coming into office five months ago.

"The Department of Homeland Security is committed to strong international partnerships to address our common goals of combating threats," Johnson said. "Saudi Arabia is one of our oldest and committed partners, and this visit underscored the importance of this relationship. I believe we are building an excellent personal and working relationship and I believe we can accomplish much together."

Johnson will be in the Middle East until Thursday. Along with Saudi Arabia, his trip took him to Qatar and the United Arab Emirates to discuss homeland security-related priorities.

While in Qatar, Johnson attended the International Air Transport Association Annual General Meeting. He met with airline representatives and participated in a panel discussion entitled "Government Treatment of Commercial Aviation."