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Statement on the Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America and the 47th General Assembly of the Organization of American States

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release

June 15, 2017

President Donald J. Trump commends Mexico for its leadership in co-convening the Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America with the United States in Miami, Florida from June 15 to 16. The leaders of the Northern Triangle countries of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador—along with officials from Mexico, Canada, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Belize, Nicaragua, Spain, and the European Union—will join Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, and Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin in a collaborative effort to address the economic, security, and governance challenges and opportunities in the Northern Triangle region and in Central America more broadly. 

The United States views the security and prosperity of Central America as key to regional stability and to the security of the United States.  We affirm our strong partnership with Central America and the region in supporting our mutual priorities.  The President applauds this conference and the efforts of our Central American and regional partners to work toward a future that achieves stability, security, prosperity, and growth in the Western Hemisphere.

The President also affirms the importance of the 47th General Assembly of the Organization of American States, taking place in Cancun, Mexico from June 19 to 21. The President remains greatly concerned about the situation faced by the Venezuelan people and has instructed Secretary Tillerson to collaborate with countries in the region to move discussions on Venezuela forward during this important meeting. The United States stands with the people of Venezuela during these sad and troubling times for their country.  

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