El Salvador and Guatemala coordinate efforts to fight organized crime

Yesterday afternoon, the Security Cabinet held a bilateral meeting on security and development with Guatemalan authorities.

The meeting was attended by the Minister of Defense, René Merino Monroy; the Minister of Security, Gustavo Villatoro; the director of the National Civil Police, Mauricio Arriaza Chicas; the director of Immigration, Ricardo Cucalón; and the director of Customs, Samandhy Martínez.

Representing the neighboring country were the Minister of the Interior of Guatemala, David Barrientos; Defense Minister Henry Reyes; the director of police, Héctor Hernández; and the director of immigration, Stuard Rodríguez.

The officials assured that these types of actions allow for strengthening communication ties and unifying efforts between members of the police and armed forces of both countries «with the aim of combating crime and dismantling criminal structures.»

«This meeting will mark the steps that we are going to follow as sister nations, as sister institutions, to enrich our police and armed forces with the experiences of both countries» — Villatoro said.

During the meeting, the officials exchanged opinions and strategies with the aim of reinforcing border security, migration, and customs issues between both nations, explained the director of Migration.

Villatoro added that the President of the Republic, Nayib Bukele, is committed to these types of efforts and alliances «to confront crime without neglecting the development of our people.»