Minister Baird Meets Head of Nicaragua’s National Police to Discuss Security in Hemisphere

Minister Baird Meets Head of Nicaragua’s National Police to Discuss Security in Hemisphere

July 29, 2013 - Managua - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird met with Aminta Granera, Director General of Nicaragua’s National Police, to discuss bilateral and regional security issues.

“Working with our neighbours in the Americas to prevent and address crime within their borders benefits us all,” said Baird. “These efforts will strengthen security in the region and help prevent crime from flowing into other countries, including Canada.”

Improving security and advancing freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law in the Americas is a priority for the Government of Canada as part of its strategy of engagement in the Americas.

Nicaragua benefits from regional programming aimed at improving security in the region. Since 2008, Canada has committed close to $70 million for security cooperation work in Central America and remains committed to supporting the Central American Security Strategy and its objectives.

In April 2012, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the new $25-million Canadian Initiative for Security in Central America, which further confirmed Canada’s engagement in the region with respect to security cooperation.

This is the first visit to Nicaragua by a Canadian foreign affairs minister since 1999.

To learn more about Canada’s relationship with Nicaragua, visit Canada-Nicaragua Relations.

Canada’s engagement in the Americas envisions a more prosperous, secure and democratic hemisphere. To learn more about Canada’s engagement in the Americas, visit The Americas: Our Neighbours, Our Priority.

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