Office of the Spokesperson
January 18, 2012
Senior U.S. government officials met with the President of Honduras, Porfirio Lobo Sosa, and the president of the Honduran Congress, Juan Orlando Hernandez, on January 18th to review security cooperation and acknowledge the leadership and efforts that President Lobo and the Honduran Congress have taken to improve citizen security.
Over the past several months, Honduras has strengthened its legal framework to better combat organized crime, appointing judges with national jurisdiction, approving a security tax, authorizing wiretapping, and establishing a police advisory board, among other reforms. The U.S. government is pleased to see that the Government of Honduras is moving ahead with a plan to reform the Honduran National Police and strengthen its institutional capabilities.
President Lobo and the U.S. delegation agreed to continue working closely to improve citizen security in Honduras and throughout Central America, including through the Central American Integration System (SICA). The U.S. government will continue to use all available resources to assist the Government of Honduras. In a demonstration of its sustained support, the U.S. government is sending a team of technical experts to Honduras to deepen bilateral collaboration on citizen security issues.