Belmopan. May 10, 2019. Commander of the United States Southern Command (U.S. SOUTHCOM), Admiral Craig Faller met today, May 10th, with the Prime Minister of Belize, the Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow and the Minister of National Security, Hon. John Saldivar at the Prime Minister’s Office in Belize City.
The Prime Minister in his remarks congratulated Admiral Faller on his recent appointment as Commander SOUTHCOM and extended his sincere gratitude for the continued support that Belize receives from the U.S. SOUTHCOM and the great partnership that both countries share. Prime Minister Barrow and Admiral Faller also discussed areas of concern including Belize-Guatemala relations and regional efforts to counter narco-trafficking and other illicit transnational criminal activities.
Admiral Faller congratulated the Prime Minister for the impressive execution of the recent referendum and extended his commitment to continue to strengthen the cooperative relationship that SOUTHCOM enjoys with the Belizean Armed Forces. He also expressed his extreme satisfaction with the professionalism and sincere commitment of the Commanders and men and women of the Belizean Armed Forces. Admiral Faller pledged participation in the continued mutual support of U.S. SOUTHCOM and Belizean Armed Forces through training, capacity building and knowledge exchange programs.
Admiral Faller was in Belize from May 8th to 10th, his first visit to Belize since taking over as Commander SOUTHCOM. Admiral Faller and his team visited the Ministry of National Security, the Belize Defence Force, the Belize Coast Guard, and the Joint Intelligence Operation Center (JIOC). He also visited the Belize Youth Challenge Programme which is a joint effort of the Ministry of National Security and the Ministry of Human Development Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation.
His visit included meeting with civilian and military leaders in order to discuss bilateral security cooperation with Belizean counterparts in support of regional peace and Western Hemisphere stability. Belize and the United States enjoy a close security cooperation and enduring partnership in the areas of mutual interest that include research and development, information exchanges, training and education, joint military exercises, and commercial initiatives related to defense matters.
During his visit, Admiral Faller and his team were hosted by the United States Embassy through its Military Liaison Office and were accompanied by Charge d’ Affairs Mr. Keith Gilges and Lt. Colonel Singleton, Defence Attaché to Belize.