Cooperation between the Government of Guatemala and the United States has been reactivated, according to sources from the Ministry of the Interior, who added that as part of these actions, several security agencies are training agents of the National Civil Police (PNC) on criminal investigation issues.
Werner Ovalle, Vice Minister of the Interior, indicated that the cooperation maintained by the United States includes elements of PNC training. In addition, he stated that the flow of information between the two countries has also been activated.
“We made a series of procedures with different agencies and authorities in the United States of America, where we raised some of the necessary steps to strengthen the capabilities of the National Civil Police in the area of criminal investigation,” emphasized Ovalle .
The official mentioned that Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary of Homeland Security of the United States, met with Francisco Jiménez, Minister of the Interior.
“The issues at the level of information exchange and for this past week we met with the Minister of the Interior, together with the Secretary of National Security of the USA, Alejandro Mayorkas, who expressed all his support for the Government of Guatemala to continue. Cooperation with these actions is important to us,” he said.
In addition, the vice minister indicated that they would fight against the criminal structures in the country.
“All groups that operate illegally will make enemies of this government, and because of this, we are implementing different actions and strategies to overcome them and, with it, create a culture of legality in the country to create security. and peace for all Guatemalans,” he added.
President Bernardo Arévalo noted on Thursday during a conference that “the Government of the United States responded to our request for support for a security plan that includes, among various topics, the frontal attack of extortion, which is one of the central problems facing our country, and we appreciate this cooperation.”
The Minister of the Interior, Francisco Jiménez, also emphasized that the cooperation of all agencies of the United States that work on security “has started again.”