DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson concludes Middle East trip

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson finished on Wednesday a four-day trip to the Middle East.

Johnson made stops in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), where he met with regional leaders to discuss counterterrorism, aviation security and common security interests.

The DHS secretary participated in a panel discussion at the Air Transport Association Annual General Meeting in Qatar. Johnson highlighted the need for the government and the airline industry to strengthen security, including efforts DHS has made to expand preclearance operations worldwide.

Johnson also met with senior officials from airline companies, including Air France, KLM, Korean Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic.

In the UAE, Johnson took a tour of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Preclearance facility at Abu Dhabi International Airport, which allows security officials to screen passengers before they travel to the U.S. The facility is part of the Preclearance Agreement between the UAE and the U.S.

Johnson also met with the Saudi Arabian Interior Minister his Royal Highness Mohammed bin Nayef in Jeddah.

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 to office five months ago.