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Press Release | May 13, 2020

SOUTHCOM to Host Virtual Meeting with U.S. Ambassadors, Policymakers to Discuss Western Hemisphere Security

MIAMI – U.S. Southern Command will host a virtual meeting with U.S. Chiefs of Mission and senior policymakers May 14 to discuss the command’s support to U.S. foreign policy and diplomatic efforts in South America, Central America and the Caribbean.

“We welcome this opportunity for dialogue on our whole-of-government efforts with partners in the region,” said U.S. Navy Adm. Craig Faller, commander of U.S. Southern Command. “From assisting their COVID-19 mitigation efforts to collaborating against the threat posed by transnational organized crime, this forum allows us to better synchronize our interagency cooperation in support of national and regional priorities.”

The topics they’ll discuss include enhanced counter narcotics operations, U.S. COVID-19 support to the region, security assistance to partner nations, and U.S. military cooperation with defense and public-security partners.

Participants will include U.S. Ambassadors (or senior diplomatic official) from U.S. Embassies Argentina, the Bahamas, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Dutch Caribbean, Eastern Caribbean, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Perú, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela, and the Organization of American States.

Admiral Faller will co-host the meeting with U.S. Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Michael Kozak.


Additional information:

U.S. State Department Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs

Biography: Acting Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs Michael G. Kozak

Biography: U.S. Navy Adm. Craig S. Faller

Biography, U.S. Ambassador Jean E. Manes