However, the head of Public Affairs of the American Embassy stressed that Ricardo Zúñiga held a “productive meeting” with Foreign Minister Alexandra Hill and that they committed to strengthening the bilateral relationship.
During his first day in the country, President Joe Biden’s envoy failed to meet with the president of the Republic, Nayib Bukele.
Zúñiga held meetings with representatives of institutions that control the branches of the State. The Charge d’Affaires of the American Embassy, Brendan O’Brien, posted on his Twitter account that “the agenda of Special Envoy Zúñiga continued with a priority issue for the Biden Administration in a meeting with members of the Inter-Institutional Anti-Corruption Working Group of El Savior”.
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The message was accompanied by a photograph with the heads of the Government Ethics Tribunal, the Supreme Court of Justice, the Attorney General’s Office, the Institute for Access to Public Information, the Court of Accounts and the Attorney General’s Office. . “These institutions are key to fighting the scourge of corruption,” added the US diplomat.
Later, O’Brien shared images of the encounters that he had with the attorney general and the head of the CICIES, Ronalth Ochaeta; with representatives of civil society organizations that fight against corruption; with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Alexandra Hill; and with renowned Salvadoran businessmen.
The mission has focused precisely on the causes that the Biden administration has identified as triggers for irregular migration: corruption, the weakening of democracy, insecurity and lack of economic opportunities.
In Guatemala, where Zúñiga was on April 5 and 6, a similar agenda was carried out, but unlike El Salvador, Biden’s envoy did manage to meet Alejandro Giammattei and with numerous members of his cabinet.
Embassy hopes there will be a new meeting opportunity
The head of public affairs at the American Embassy, Matt Boland, told El Diario de Hoy that “special envoy Zúñiga expected to meet with President Bukele during his visit to El Salvador and a meeting was requested.” Boland added that they hope a new opportunity will present itself in the future.
However, he affirmed that Zúñiga had a “productive meeting” with Foreign Minister Alexandra Hill and that they will continue to fight to strengthen the bilateral relationship and the prosperity of Salvadorans.
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