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BND, DGSE and MI6 emphasise necessity of international cooperation

The Heads of Germany, France and the UK's foreign intelligence services met for discussion shortly before the opening of the Munich Security Conference.

The President of the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), Dr Bruno Kahl, the Directeur Général de la Sécurité Extérieure (DGSE), Bernard Émié, and the Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service MI6 (SIS), Alex Younger, came together for a trilateral meeting in Munich.

The three Service Heads are united in the view that modern threats require a modern response, any failure to do so would lead to even greater risk. To have effect, our efforts must be combined in partnership. The agencies are capable services; they make a powerful contribution. Cooperation between European intelligence agencies combined with the values of liberal democracy is indispensable, especially against a background of diverse foreign and security policy challenges. Even after the UK's exit from the EU, close cooperation and cross-border information sharing must be taken forward on themes such as international terrorism, illegal migration, proliferation and cyber attacks.

The Chairman of the Munich Security Conference (MSC), Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, commended the meeting: “I am pleased that, in this way, many senior intelligence professionals take the opportunity of the MSC to discuss important security questions. Such personal meetings and intensive exchange of expertise are not only essential for diplomats, but also for intelligence agencies.”

Get the press release in English and French here.