US to resume assistance for three Central American countries

WASHINGTON, US President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador have all signed “historic” Asylum Cooperation Agreements and “are working to end the scourge of human smuggling.” In a tweet, Trump announced “to further accelerate this progress, the US will shortly be approving targeted assistance in the areas of law enforcement and security.” Meanwhile, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the Department of State informed Congress today of his “intent” to resume targeted US foreign assistance funding for the three countries. Pompeo indicated in a statement, “To enable further progress in these countries’ efforts, some targeted Department of State and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funding will resume at this time.” He noted that this funding “will support programs that are advancing our joint efforts to mitigate illegal immigration from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.” Earlier this year, Pompeo directed the Department of State and the USAID to “temporarily cease” providing assistance to these countries until their governments “took sufficient action to reduce the overwhelming number of migrants coming to the US border.”

Source: Kuwait News Agency