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Western Hemisphere: Secretary Pompeo's Meeting With Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:

Secretary Pompeo met today in Washington with Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez. They discussed how to improve regional security, strengthen government institutions, and combat corruption. The Secretary stressed the importance of the Organization of American States’ Mission to Support the Fight against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras (MACCIH) and the urgent need for a new head of this body so it can continue to work effectively. They discussed Honduras’s efforts to combat narcotics trafficking, disrupt smuggling networks, and discourage illegal migration. They also discussed how to increase economic opportunities within Central America and Honduras, and the need to hold security forces accountable for alleged human rights abuses, particularly in the aftermath of the November 2017 elections.