MIAMI – US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson inaugurated on Thursday the economic and security summit on Central America being held in Miami with a statement in favor of the private sector and the contributions it can make toward “resolving” the problems of the region’s countries.
“What happens in the Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala directly affects the security and economic interests of the United States and other countries in the region,” Tillerson said in the presence of representatives of those governments.
The top US diplomat said that the private sector is key for alleviating the “pressure” of immigration coming to the US from Central America as well as in solving the problems of corruption and security facing the region.
He said that the US goal in the region is to “create the prosperity we all want,” adding that Washington wants to secure its borders to “bolster US national security,” protecting the US people and defending US economic interests, all as part of President Donald Trump’s agenda.
The secretary of state spoke on Thursday on the first day of the Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America, an event co-sponsored by Mexico and the United States and also being attended by members of the Colombian government.
The first day of the conference is being organized by the State Department and focuses on the idea of “prosperity” with the aim of seeking private investment to improve economic conditions in the region.
On Friday, the forum will deal with security and the fight against drug trafficking, as well as strengthening border security.