Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
April 28, 2010


On May 2, 2010, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Arturo Valenzuela will begin a week-long trip to Guatemala, El Salvador, and Panama. The Assistant Secretary will meet with senior officials to discuss collaboration between our governments on issues of mutual interests, including citizen safety, social inclusion, inclusive prosperity, developing clean and secure sources of energy, and support for democracy, rule of law, and human rights.

While in Guatemala, the Assistant Secretary will meet with President Colom, members of civil society, and will visit a USAID food security project in the western highlands.

In El Salvador, he will meet with President Funes as well as political and civil society actors across the political spectrum. He will also address students from the Central American University.

Assistant Secretary Valenzuela will lead the U.S. delegation to Panama for the U.S.-SICA[1]Dialogue. In Panama, he will also meet with President Ricardo Martinelli, Vice President and Foreign Minister Juan Carlos Varela, and with representatives from civil society, academia, and the private sector.

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[1] 1. SICA is the Spanish-language acronym for the Central American Integration System. SICA member states include Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama. The Dominican Republic is an associate member state and Mexico is an observer state to SICA.



[1] SICA is the Spanish-language acronym for the Central American Integration System. SICA member states include Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama. The Dominican Republic is an associate member state and Mexico is an observer state to SICA.



PRN: 2010/529