Conclusion of consultations by Ambassador Manes and the Chiefs of Mission to the Dominican Republic and Panama

September 20, 2018

Conclusion of consultations by Ambassador Manes and the Chiefs of Mission to the Dominican Republic and Panama

 

Ambassador Jean Manes and the Chiefs of Mission in the Dominican Republic and Panama concluded productive consultations at the Department of State, as well as with policy leaders from the White House, the Department of Justice, the Department of the Treasury, the U.S. Congress, and others about the decisions of those countries to end diplomatic relations with Taiwan.

The Chiefs of Mission provided valuable insight into discussions on how the United States can continue to support stable, independent, democratic institutions and economies throughout Central America and the Caribbean. The United States remains committed to supporting our partners’ efforts to promote transparency, rule of law, economic growth, and democratic values in the region and the world.

As countries throughout the region increasingly pursue economic agreements and relationships with unfamiliar partners whose methods lack a proven, positive track record, we note a disturbing trend that many of these transactions often lack transparency and do not serve the long-term interests of those countries. Effectively preventing and combating corruption is essential to strong, well-functioning democracies throughout the Americas, and our Embassy in San Salvador and others in the region will continue to support those efforts and monitor allegations of illicit enrichment. Where corruption or other significant wrongdoing are identified, the U.S. government will consider the cancellation of visas for travel to the United States for those involved and their family members.

Building the capacity of the institutions that serve the Salvadoran people and lead the fight against corruption is a central element of our bilateral relationship with El Salvador. The U.S. government remains fully committed to supporting the people of El Salvador in efforts to make their nation more prosperous, safer, stronger, and more democratic.