San Salvador, El Salvador
The President of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, refused to meet with the United States special envoy for the Northern Triangle, Ricardo Zuniga, according to statements by an official of the embassy of that country to a local Salvadoran media.
The website elsalvador.com, belonging to Today’s Diary, noted in a post that the Chief of Public Affairs of the US Embassy, Matt Boland, told the media that “the special envoy Zúñiga expected to meet with President Bukele during his visit to El Salvador and a meeting was requested.”
However, according to that outlet, “Boland added that they hope a new opportunity will present itself in the future.”
At a press conference in Washington several hours earlier, US State Department spokesman Ned Price declined to clarify whether Zúñiga would meet with Bukele during his two-day visit.
“We do not have any meeting to report to you, but if that changes we will be happy to do so,” Price said only.
The only senior official of the Bukele Government who met with Zúñiga was the Foreign Minister Alexandra Hill, as announced on Twitter by the charge d’affaires of the North American country, Brendan O’Brien.
“We all agree on the need to improve the economic and security situation so that Salvadorans do not feel obliged to undertake #UnViajeEnVano in search of opportunities,” said the diplomat.
We also “discussed how to further strengthen our excellent bilateral cooperation,” he added.
Neither President Bukele nor Chancellor Hill have made reference to Zúñiga’s visit on their social media.
On Tuesday Zúñiga said in Guatemala that the United States wants that country to create “enabling conditions” for its citizens, such as the rule of law, employment, health and education, in order to undermine irregular migration.
Before leaving for Salvadoran territory, where you will continue and end your visit to the region without reaching HondurasZúñiga stressed that these new conditions that both states are seeking are necessary “so that Guatemalans and other people from Central America and Mexico do not have to do their futures in the United States.”
The Northern Triangle of Central America, made up of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, is one of the poorest and most violent regions on the planet, according to various studies by international organizations.
Each year, more than 500,000 people from these three countries try to migrate illegally to the United States in search of better living conditions, including thousands of minors.