The head of the US Southern Command said she is focused on strengthening military relations with South American countries

The head of the US Southern Command said she is focused on strengthening military relations with South American countries

The new general of the United States Army Southern Command, Laura Richardson, said Friday that It is focused on strengthening military relations with South American countries despite political tensions.

Richardson was in Denver, to speak at a graduation ceremony at her alma mater, Metropolitan State University, just over a month after taking office as the highest-ranking woman in the US Army.

While the policy between the United States and the South American nations may not be what we “would like military relations are really strong “Richardson said in a conversation with the media.

Richardson cited as an example the case of El Salvador, where America’s political relations are deteriorating. In November, Jean Manes, the interim charge d’affaires in the Central American country announced that she was leaving her post and said that the government of President Nayib Bukele “is not showing interest” in improving the bilateral relationship.

In November, Jean Manes, the interim charge d'affaires in the Central American country announced that she was leaving her post
In November, Jean Manes, the interim charge d’affaires in the Central American country announced that she was leaving her post

Manes’s departure was preceded by the Bukele government’s withdrawal from an anti-corruption agreement with the Organization of American States and its refusal to extradite members of the MS-13 gang to the United States for trial.

At the beginning of this year, the United States government also published lists of allegedly corrupt officials in Central America, which included Bukele’s chief of staff, Carolina Recinos.

Meanwhile, Richardson said the security partnership between the United States and El Salvador remains strong. He added that he recently called the Minister of National Defense, René Francis Merino Monroy, to offer his condolences for his son, who died as a pilot in a plane crash. The United States also sent a helicopter unit from Honduras to help with the search and rescue, he said.

Richardson noted that 23 countries attended the Southern Command change of command ceremony in October, where she was officially awarded her position as head of the agency.

“It was really tremendous that so many representatives came because they want to partner with us,” he said. “They want to do the exercises. They want to work with us as much as possible. “

The General, Laura Richardson, assured that she is thinking about how to maintain relations with nations large and small.
The General, Laura Richardson, assured that she is thinking about how to maintain relations with nations large and small.

Since taking office, Richardson has traveled to Colombia and Brazil.

As the new head of the agency, Richardson He said he is thinking about how to maintain relations with nations large and small “So that we never leave anyone intact or feeling that we are not associating with them.”

Richardson said Southern Command’s work is increasingly related to humanitarian response due to climate change disasters such as hurricanes or earthquakes. They are also dealing with an increase in illicit drug trafficking, noting that the metric tons of cocaine intercepted by the United States “doubled” between 2019 and 2020.

As a woman who broke numerous glass ceilings in the military, Richardson said she goes out of her way to represent her demographic and make them proud, joking, “You can go in there and play hit with some of them.”

(With AP information)

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