United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions completed a two-day visit to El Salvador on Friday, July 28, 2017.
During his visit, Attorney General Sessions met with President of El Salvador, Salvador Sánchez Cerén, as well as other Salvadoran Government representatives. The meeting served as an opportunity to address the importance of regional cooperation in the fight against transnational organized crime, drug trafficking, and corruption.
Attorney General Sessions expressed strong support for the Attorney General’s Office in El Salvador, the Policia Nacional Civil (PNC) and others who also show tremendous courage in leading this fight. He reiterated the commitment of the United States to be a strong partner in supporting Salvadoran efforts under Plan El Salvador Seguro.
Attorney General Sessions also took advantage of the visit to discuss other subjects related to security and the fight against gangs. He completed a private visit to the Model Precinct in Lourdes, Colón. He also met with the Director General of the National Civil Police, Howard Cotto, with whom he addressed similar topics. In addition, he participated in the graduation of 40 law enforcement Officers from Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and El Salvador, who completed a Law Enforcement and Leadership Development program offered by the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) in El Salvador.
Before departing the country, Attorney General Sessions met with his counterparts from the Northern Triangle, including the Attorney General of El Salvador, Douglas Meléndez, the Attorney General of Guatemala, Thelma Aldana, and the Attorney General of Honduras, Óscar Chinchilla to advance discussions of regional security cooperation.
Jeff Sessions was confirmed on the February 9, 2017 by the U.S. Senate as the 84th Attorney General of the United States of America. Previously, Mr. Sessions served as a Senator for the State of Alabama for 20 years and as the Attorney General of Alabama.