Valenzuela – Lobo Talk

According to Foreign Minister of Honduras, Mario Canahuati,the president of Honduras, Porfirio Lobo, spoke today at the presidential palace with the U.S. Deputy Secretary of State for Latin America, Arturo Valenzuela. The two talked of matters such as cooperation, security, investment and the return home of former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya.

Canahuati said Valenzuela and President Lobo discussed “three fundamental issues”, one of national security from a regional perspective, establishing mechanisms and procedures to follow in order to cope with crime, with an emphasis on prevention. They also addressed “how to strengthen our relations in terms of cooperation,” specifically, through funded projects by the U.S. Agency for International Development [USAID] and the Millennium Challenge Account program. The third issue was “strategic alliances to continue to encourage investment in our country,” said the Honduran Foreign Minister.

Canahuati added that, “At no time was the visit of Mr. Arturo Valenzuela to come and apologize,” referring to the release on the web by WikiLeaks, of a diplomatic cable from Ambassador Llorens wherein he expressed his opinion on the events of June 28, 2009 against Zelaya, who claims he was the victim of a “conspiracy.”

Valenzuela also held separate meetings today with the President of Congress, Juan Orlando Hernández, and the head of the Supreme Court, Jorge Rivera.

This is Valenzuela’s first stop in a Central American tour that will also take him to Guatemala and El Salvador. Mr. Valenzuela is scheduled to make statements to the press today before continuing his tour to Guatemala.

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