Hugo Roger Martinez Bonilla

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of El Salvador, Hugo Roger Martinez Bonilla, concluded his official visit to Belize today. While in Belize he met with Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington and Prime Minister Dean Barrow. To end the visit, a memorandum of understanding was signed in which both Belize and El Salvador undertook to help Salvadoran nationals, who make up one of the largest Hispanic communities in the country. Bonilla also met with residents of one such community before departing. Late this afternoon, Bonilla hosted a media briefing inside the V.I.P. Lounge of the Phillip Goldson International Airport.

H.E. Hugo Roger Martinez Bonilla, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of El Salvador

“The main areas that we addressed with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Prime Minister are related to the strengthening of our bilateral relations and the exchange of commercial products between the two countries. In the area of cooperation, we have agreed to establish a mechanism which will allow for the provision of scholarships, not only for students in general but also for Salvadoran students living in Belize. We have envisioned more cooperation in the field of agriculture, in particular, the development of citrus products and the protection of our forests.

On the diplomatic and bilateral side, we have agreed to have a greater exchange of high level officials from the two countries, in order to enhance various sectors, not just politically, but in areas such as education and health.

One of the issues that stood out was regional security, how can we share information regarding criminals in Belize and El Salvador, so that there can be more effective prosecutions.

We have also agreed to work towards a SICA/CARICOM summit that will take place in El Salvador later this year, and this will bring together countries from Central America and the Caribbean in an effort to enhance relations between both regions.”

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