Summary

  • Secretary Pompeo traveled to Buenos Aires, Argentina; Guayaquil, Ecuador; Mexico City, Mexico; and San Salvador, El Salvador July 19-21 to further strengthen our partnerships within the Western Hemisphere on regional and global challenges. The Secretary expanded cooperation on security issues and highlight the U.S. commitment to democracy, human rights, and increasing economic opportunity for our citizens. He also reinforced support for the people of Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela in their struggle for democracy and freedom from repression.
  • On July 19, in Buenos Aires, Secretary Pompeo joined regional leaders for the Second Western Hemisphere Counterterrorism Ministerial to deepen cooperation in the fight against terrorism and transnational crime. This Ministerial also commemorated the 25th anniversary of the Iran-backed attack on the Argentine Jewish Mutual Aid Society (AMIA) community center in Buenos Aires, which killed 85 people and injured more than 300. While in Buenos Aires, the Secretary met individually with Argentine President Macri, Chilean Foreign Minister Ribera, and Bahamian Foreign Minister Henfield to reinforce our partnerships in advancing citizen security, expanding trade and investment, and promoting democratic governance.
  • In Guayaquil on July 20, the Secretary met with President Moreno and Foreign Minister Valencia as we reinvigorate bilateral cooperation in areas of mutual interest, including democracy, economic prosperity and security.
  • In Mexico City on July 21, Secretary Pompeo met with Foreign Secretary Ebrard to discuss illegal immigration, the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement, and our joint commitment to promote opportunity and economic prosperity in southern Mexico.
  • In San Salvador, Secretary Pompeo met with President Bukele to discuss our shared interest in reducing illegal migration and support President Bukele’s efforts to create economic opportunity, combat corruption, and build a strong, self-reliant El Salvador. The Secretary reinforced bilateral security cooperation by signing a lease extension for a counternarcotics air hub, and promoting our joint efforts to strengthen Salvadoran law enforcement in support of U.S. national security.
  • On July 22, Secretary Pompeo wrapped up his trip in Orlando, Florida, where he met with the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) president, delivered a speech at the VFW, and met with the VFW Kansas Delegation.

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