November 13, 2014

Kaine And Menendez Meet With Central American Leaders To Discuss Regional Efforts To Address Root Causes Of Migration

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Committee Chairman Senator Robert Menendez met with Guatemalan Foreign Minister Carlos Morales and Salvadoran Foreign Minister Hugo Martinez to discuss Central American efforts to address the factors driving migration and threatening the social fabric and long-term prosperity of the region. 

The Central American leaders highlighted short-term actions to curb the flow of undocumented migrants and urged U.S. support for a new joint strategy to promote economic growth. Designed in consultation with the Inter-American Development Bank, the plan would target areas with the highest rates of migration to solidify recent gains over the mid- to long-term. 

The Presidents of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras will present the joint strategy plan tomorrow, November 14, at an investment promotion conference hosted by the Inter-American Development Bank. 

Kaine commended the collaboration among the three countries and pledged his continued engagement on this important issue.

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