Posted: Monday, December 5, 2022. 10:52 am CST.
By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: On December 2, 2022, the governments of Belize and El Salvador held the 2nd Bi-national Commission meeting at the vice-ministerial level, with the purpose of strengthening the political, economic, and cooperation relations between both countries.
The meeting was headed by Ambassador Amalia Mai, Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Belize, and Adriana Mira, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of El Salvador, who agreed on the importance of the commission to exchange views on issues of mutual interest.
The vice ministers discussed the current state of bilateral relations. They highlighted the strong and cordial relations between the 2 nations and the interest to continue strengthening the constructive dialogue and expanding areas of mutual interest.
Both countries agreed to develop cooperation projects in accordance with the policies, plans, and programs of both countries, especially in the areas of the economy, trade, commerce, tourism, culture, security, migration, and agriculture, among others.
The Government of El Salvador welcomed the initiative by the Government of Belize on the Amnesty Program 2022, which offers an opportunity to regularize the immigration status of undocumented persons living in Belize.
Belize and El Salvador reiterated their commitment to continue addressing the issue of migration with a holistic view based on a human rights approach, shared responsibility, and non-discrimination.
The meeting had the participation of representatives from several ministries including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Immigration, National Defence and Border Security, Home Affairs, Tourism, Civil Aviation, and Agriculture.
Both countries agreed to hold the Third Meeting of the Binational Commission in 2024 in El Salvador, at a mutually agreed date, to follow up on the implementation of the bilateral agenda.
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