Baird Meets with Costa Rican President to Discuss Security Cooperation

July 30, 2013 - San José - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird met with Laura Chinchilla Miranda, President of Costa Rica. Discussions between the two included bilateral relations and security cooperation.

“President Chinchilla’s government is an important and constructive partner for Canada, particularly in the area of addressing crime and insecurity,” said Baird. “Canada is committed to helping Costa Rica face these challenges. Since criminal organizations and their activities do not respect borders, transnational solutions and cooperation are needed.”

Since 2008, Canada has committed approximately $70 million to security efforts in Central America. In 2012, Canada invested more than $14 million in security reform and in the fight against drug trafficking in the region through Canada’s Anti-Crime Capacity Building Program. This included training courses for police and investigators, as well as ballistics technology, police equipment and vehicles. In April 2012, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the $25-million Canadian Initiative for Security in Central America.

To learn more about Canada’s relationship with Costa Rica, visit Canada-Costa Rica 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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