The foreign ministers of the United States, Mexico and Canada said here on Monday that North American partners are increasingly concerned about the security situation throughout Central America and the Caribbean, renewing their commitment to combating transnational criminal organizations.
Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Lawrence Cannon hosted the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Mexico’s Secretary of Foreign Affairs Patricia Espinosa at the picturesque Wakefield Mill Inn in the tiny resort village Wakefield, Que., about 35 kilometers north of Ottawa.
“The ministers agreed to support citizens’ efforts in the Americas to strengthen democratic values, processes and institutions and, to make democracies more effective, accountable and able to respond to the needs and interests of citizens,”the Canadian Chair’s Statement said.
They stressed the importance of trilateral cooperation in their commitment to work towards the identification of specific areas of cooperation in Central America.
They also discussed the engagement with the countries of Central America, with a view to creating a North America-Central America dialogue to strengthen regional cooperation and efforts against transnational criminal organizations.