Posted: Thursday, October 20, 2022. 2:59 pm CST.
By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Today, the U.S. Embassy donated 5 military trucks to the Belize Defence Force (BDF).
The vehicles are a donation through the United States Foreign Military Financing program, a U.S. Department of Defense tool that enables partner countries to improve defense capabilities and contribute toward common security goals, the U.S. Embassy noted.
This US $625,000 donation will enhance the BDF’s capacity to transport troops and supplies throughout Belize, respond to natural disasters, and participate in international military exercises.
Today’s donation follows a previous donation of 6 military trucks to Belize in 2020.
Speaking at the ceremony, U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Leyla Moses-Ones noted, “National security is only possible with robust mobility platforms, and we are pleased to continue our assistance to Belize on this front. As our interoperability and security cooperation grows, Belize is a stronger partner in the region – a partner that can effectively respond to destabilizing events whether it be transnational criminal activities or natural disasters. Readiness is both a mission set and a mindset. We are proud to support the expansion of BDF capability and capacity.”
Minister of National Defence and Border Security, Florencio Marin Jr. stated, “We are grateful to the United States of America for the great partnership that has co-existed with Belize. This has forged many tangible results of the genuine engagements between the defense and security organizations of both countries. Each year, the Belize Defence Force through the Ministry of National Defence and Border Security capitalizes on funding, training, and equipment from the United States. These Trucks will complement the pro-active effort to deploy troops rapidly across the country.”
“The United States remains committed to partnering with Belize in support of its national security and its role in regional stability,” the U.S. Embassy added.
Through the Foreign Military Financing program, the United States is donating an estimated USD $1.6 million in security aid to Belize in 2022.
The U.S. Embassy in Belize continues to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the Belize Defence Force to increase Belize’s capacity for disaster relief, humanitarian assistance, and border security.
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