US/Saudi Arabia Sign Arrangement on Global Entry

Today in Washington, DC, DHS Secretary Napolitano signed an arrangement with Saudi Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayef to begin implementation of Global Entry and discussions on establishing a reciprocal program for US citizens traveling to Saudi Arabia.

The objective is to begin implementation within the next six months and full operations starting in 2014.  (This may start with a small pilot program as was done with Qatar).

Their joint statement also refers to cooperation on cybersecurity, maritime security and infrastructure protection.

The press release and link to the joint statement can be found below.

ACI-NA continues to urge CBP to expand the number of countries whose citizens are potentially eligible to enroll in Global Entry and to implement fully those agreements already in place when possible.

Readout of Secretary Napolitano’s Meeting with Saudi Arabian Interior Minister Prince Mohammed Bin Nayef

Release Date:
January 16, 2013
For Immediate Release
DHS Press Office
Contact: 202-282-8010

WASHINGTON—U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today met with Saudi Arabian Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayef to discuss the ongoing partnership and cooperation between the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to promote mutual security and economic prosperity.

“I am proud of the bond between the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and today’s meeting marks another major step forward in our partnership,” said Secretary Napolitano. “By enhancing collaboration with the Government of Saudi Arabia, we reaffirm our commitment to more effectively secure our two countries against evolving threats while facilitating legitimate trade and travel.”

During the meeting, Secretary Napolitano and Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayef signed an arrangement to begin implementation of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s trusted traveler program, Global Entry, in Saudi Arabia, and initiate discussions to establish a reciprocal program. Global Entry streamlines the screening process at airports for trusted travelers, allowing customs authorities to focus on those travelers they know less about, in order to more effectively identify potential threats and keep our borders and country secure.

Secretary Napolitano and Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayef also released a joint statement affirming ongoing cooperation on cyber crime, maritime security and infrastructure protection, and cooperation on cybersecurity, which is critical to both nations’ economic competitiveness and national security.

For more information, please visit www.dhs.gov.