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US and Belize reaffirm security partnership

Representatives of the Belize and U.S. Governments met yesterday to reaffirm the two countries’ security commitments.  The U.S. Embassy described the biannual bilateral meetings as a means to quote “underscore [a] shared commitment to deepening cooperation to meet national and regional challenges, such as narcotrafficking, human smuggling and trafficking, and gang violence” End quote. Both governments discussed shared priorities in the areas of citizen and border security, governance, and justice sector efficiency. Chargé d’Affaires, Leyla Moses-Ones led the U.S. delegation of officials from the U.S. Departments of State, Justice, and Defence. Belize Minister of Home Affairs Kareem Musa was accompanied by Government of Belize leaders in law enforcement and the criminal justice sector.   The U.S. Embassy’s release ends by saying that The United States will continue to stand by Belize in addressing national and regional threats. The U.S. has provided millions of dollars’ worth of assistance throughout its longstanding relationship on this front.