Politics 11-10-2018

Immigration will be an important conference topic in the US on Central America

Illegal immigration will be among the main topics of discussion when the US and Mexico host a conference of Central American leaders in Washington this week, the State Department said in a statement.

"The US and Mexico will review the progress of joint projects to increase government efforts in these critical areas and address the factors that drive illegal immigration, and the US will discuss progress under its Central America Strategy, while El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras will highlight its efforts under the Plan of the Alliance for the Prosperity of the Governments of the Northern Triangle, "the text reads.

Both countries will host the second Annual Conference for Prosperity and Security in Central America at the State Department in Washington, on Thursday and Friday.

Authorities from the US, Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador are expected to attend.

US Vice President Michael Pence, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen will be the representatives of Washington, while Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray and Government Secretary Alfonso Navarrete will represent Mexico.

The president of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernández, the president of Guatemala, Jimmy Morales and the vice president of El Salvador, Oscar Ortiz, will also participate in the conference, according to the statement.

Other topics of discussion will include bilateral economic cooperation and projects aimed at promoting economic prosperity, as well as cooperation in security and efforts to combat organized crime, the text adds.

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