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El Salvador: Pompeo and President Bukele talk drug trafficking, migration and Venezuela

2 22.07.2019 Инфо

W/S Motorcade containing US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives at presidential residence, San Salvador
W/S Soldiers
W/S Pompeo and President of El Salvador Nayib Bukele waving and entering building
M/S Official signing document
W/S Pompeo and Bukele exchange documents
SOT, Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State: "Just weeks ago on June 17th we seized a vessel carrying over 7600 kilograms (16,755 lbs) of cocaine, and I am confident of our good work together will allow this progress to continue, thanks in part to the agreement that we signed today, but more importantly thanks to all the good work that our two teams are doing together. So too will the work more broadly to combat the deadly gangs like MS-13 that has left a trail of death and destruction throughout El Salvador, and spread violence throughout the United States, where it has presence in over 40 of 50 American States. Since 2017 the State Department and the Government of El Salvador shared information and collaborated to solve this kind of criminal and gang related challenges. This impacts our shared security enormously and each of our two countries and our citizens are better off with that. The plague of gangs and drug traffickers in the region is a major contributing factor too to another of our shared security concerns, that of illegal immigration. Ending illegal immigration requires lots of hard work, strengthening border security at the US, southern borders, throughout Central America. The Trump administration is determined to achieve this, we are a champion of sovereign rights for every nation."
W/S Presser *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Nayib Bukele, President of El Salvador: "We talk about fighting the gangs together, we talk about interdicting narcotics together, we talk about reducing immigration together, so I think this was a very, very important meeting. I think it was a game changer."
W/S Presser *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State: "This risk to the region also exists in Venezuela today. It's important that when our shared values come under attack, like-minded democratic countries stand shoulder-to-shoulder in support of the oppressed. Foreign Minister (Alexandra) Hill put El Salvador on the right side of history when she declared at the OAS General Assembly last month that El Salvador does not recognise the corrupt Maduro regime as the legitimate government of Venezuela. This is all great news, great cooperation, but I'm convinced this is just the beginning. El Salvador and its new leadership has made a clear choice to fight corruption, promote justice and partner with the United States, and together both of our peoples will reap these benefits."
W/S Pompeo and Bukele shake hands, end of pressers
W/S Pompeo leaving
SCRIPT
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo praised the "good work" done between the United States and El Salvador while speaking to press alongside El Salvadorian President Nayib Bukele in San Salvador on Sunday.
"On June 17th we seized a vessel carrying over 7600 kilograms (16,755 lbs) of cocaine, and I am confident of our good work together will allow this progress to continue, thanks in part to the agreement that we signed today, but more importantly thanks to all the good work that our two teams are doing together," Pompeo said.
Pompeo went on to speak of the two countries' "shared security concerns" of combatting drug trafficking and gangs, such as MS-13, and curbing illegal migration.
"Ending illegal immigration requires lots of hard work, strengthening border security at the US, southern borders, throughout Central America. The Trump administration is determined to achieve this," Pompeo said.
Pompeo later praised El Salvador for standing with the United States on Venezuela, saying "Foreign Minister (Alexandra) Hill put El Salvador on the right side of history when she declared at the OAS General Assembly last month that El Salvador does not recognise the corrupt Maduro regime as the legitimate government of Venezuela. This is all great news, great cooperation, but I'm convinced this is just the beginning."
"El Salvador and its new leadership has made a clear choice to fight corruption, promote justice and partner with the United States, and together both of our peoples will reap these benefits," Pompeo concluded.