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Congressman Vicente Gonzalez

Representing the 15th District of Texas

Congressman Gonzalez Returns from CODEL to El Salvador and Guatemala

June 6, 2018
Press Release
Seeks to Strengthen U.S.-Central American Relations

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) visited El Salvador and Guatemala from Friday, May 25, 2018 to Saturday, June 2, 2018 with Sister Norma Pimentel, the Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley. The delegation discussed ways the U.S. is partnering with these nations to promote prosperity, bring security, and create additional educational, employment, and investment opportunities. 

 

“Those of us from South Texas understand that Guatemala and El Salvador are not just neighbors, they are our friends and allies,” Congressman Gonzalez said. “We know that their challenges are our challenges, and their success is our success. Last week’s visit allowed me to connect with the very people that work tirelessly to make these countries thrive and left me with a better grasp of the issues our neighbors to the south face and how we can move forward together. I will be spending time educating my colleagues in the House and Senate about the necessity and the immense value of strong cultural, diplomatic, and trade relations in the Western Hemisphere.”

 

The delegation first visited Guatemala to meet with President of Guatemala, Jimmy Morales; U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala, Luis Arreaga; Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jairo Estrada; Guatemalan Ambassador to the U.S., Manuel Espina; in addition to other key government officials, the private sector, and civil society.

 

Pictured above: (left side/middle): President of Guatemala, Jimmy Morales; (right) Sister Norma Pimentel; Mrs. Lorena Saenz Gonzalez; Congressman Vicente Gonzalez; and U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala, Luis Arreaga.

 

Pictured above: Deputy Chief of Mission, John Beed; Sister Norma Pimentel; U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala, Luis Arreaga; Congressman Vicente Gonzalez; Mrs. Lorena Saenz Gonzalez; and members of La Cantina.

 

Then the group then visited El Salvador. There the congressman and delegation met with Vice President of El Salvador, Oscar Ortiz; U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador, Jean Manes; Acting Foreign Minister, Carlos Castaneda; Salvadoran Ambassador to the U.S., Dr. Claudia Canjura de Centeno; Members of the National Assembly’s Foreign Affairs Committee; in addition to other key government officials, the private sector, and civil society.

 

Pictured above from left to right: Acting Foreign Minister, Carlos Castaneda; U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador, Jean Manes; Congressman Vicente Gonzalez; Vice President of El Salvador, Oscar Ortiz; Sister Norma Pimentel; and Salvadoran Ambassador to the U.S., Dr. Claudia Canjura de Centeno.

 

Pictured above from left to right: Vice President of El Salvador, Oscar Ortiz; Congressman Vicente Gonzalez; and U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador, Jean Manes.

 

Congressman Gonzalez is hopeful that continued engagement between each government, and private sector entities, will create meaningful and lasting impacts on trade and economic growth that benefit the 15th District of Texas.

 

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