An Izote flower symbolizes of 154 years of friendship

On June 15, 2017, U.S. Ambassador to San Salvador, Jean Elizabeth Manes and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hugo Martínez planted an Izote flower in a garden at the U.S. Embassy in San Salvador as a symbol of the friendship and bilateral relations stablished between the United States and El Salvador on June 15, 1863. The flower-planting was one of many activities to  celebration of the Friendship Day between both nations, decreed by the Legislative Assembly.

U.S. Ambassador, Jean Manes said: “In these 154 years of friendship, we have accompanied each other at key moments for our nations and, it is our desire that this relationship not only continues, but continues to grow even more.”

“That’s why we decided to celebrate this date with the symbolic planting of the Izote flower. As you know, it is the national flower of El Salvador, renowned for its beauty, its various applications and its adaptability. I think these are qualities that very well describe the Salvadoran people who can also flourish and thrive despite the challenges they face, “ she added.

As part of the demonstration of friendship, the U.S. diplomat gave three roses to the representatives of the three branches of the Salvadoran State, Magistrate of the Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Court Doris Luz Rivas Galindo, Minister of Foreign Affairs Hugo Martínez and the President of the Legislative Assembly Guillermo Gallegos. The rose is the national flower of the United States and was delivered as a gesture of the United States’ commitment to continue supporting the Salvadoran efforts.

During his speech, Minister Hugo Martinez said: “The United States is one of our greatest strategic allies in a much broader sense, a fact that undoubtedly is part of the conviction that both nations have about the importance of supporting each other.”

Afterwards, Ambassador Manes and Minister Martinez held a press conference and announced that they were ready to attend the Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America to be held on Thursday, June 15 and Friday, June 16, in Miami, Florida.