US president Donald Trump has designated Belize among the over 20 major drug transit or illicit drug producing countries.
In a memorandum to secretary of state Mike Pompeo on Thursday, Trump said that a country’s presence on the list is not necessarily a reflection of its government’s counter-narcotic efforts or level of cooperation with the United States.
The countries identified in the list are Afghanistan, The Bahamas, Belize, Bolivia, Burma, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Laos, Mexico, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Panama, Peru and Venezuela.
Trump said his administration has devoted unprecedented resources to combat the scourge of illicit drugs in the US, including by strengthening borders and expanding programs to prevent illicit drug use and aid the recovery and treatment of those who need it.
We are making steady progress to turn the tide of our country’s drug epidemic, but more needs to be accomplished, he said, adding that this includes further efforts beyond nation’s borders, by countries where dangerous illegal drugs originate.