The 2022 Central American Security Conference (CENTSEC), sponsored by U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), is underway in Belize. Visiting security leaders from Central America and other countries in the Western Hemisphere have come together for a series of roundtable discussions on strengthening information-sharing and enhancing the region's security and humanitarian cooperation.

The opening ceremony featured remarks from SOUTHCOM Commander General Laura Richardson, Belize Minister of State in the Ministry of Defence Oscar Mira, and Belize Defence Force Commander General Azariel Loria.

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US's Major Military Meeting in Belize

For the first time since 2011, Belize is hosting the 2022 Central American Security Conference. The event runs from January 31st to February 2nd and will include high-level defense and security leaders from the United States, Central America, and other Western Hemisphere countries.

At the opening ceremonies today, Minister of Border Defense and National Security, Oscar Mira, spoke about some of the security issues faced, not just by Belize, but in the entire region.

The US delegation is being led by the SOUTHCOM Commander, four-star general General Laura Richardson. She spoke about their commitment to regional security and working with others in the region to achieve that.

The Belize delegation is headed by BDF Commander, Brigadier General Azarial Loria.

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Gen. Laura Richardson, commander of the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) talks about the importance of partnerships to address regional challenges at the Central American Security Conference in Belize.