Chile and U.S. Agree to Cooperate on Security in Central America

By Dialogo
January 14, 2011

Chile and the United States are working together to strengthen their cooperation on citizen security issues in Central America, the senior State Department official responsible for Latin America, Arturo Valenzuela, declared on 12 January.

“Very concretely, what’s being looked at is how to strengthen cooperation between the two countries in Central America. This has to do especially with citizen security issues,” the U.S. assistant secretary of state for western hemisphere affairs said at a press conference.

“For the United States, the Central American issue is very important right now,” he added, describing the issues discussed in his earlier meeting with the Chilean foreign minister, Alfredo Moreno, as part of an official visit to Chile.

The official explained that the United States is already moving forward on these cooperation programs with Mexico and Colombia and is now seeking to expand them to Central America, where there are high levels of crime-related violence.