Honduras President Xiomara Castro held a comprehensive conversation with the United States Deputy Secretary of National Defense, Melissa G. Dalton, in a dialogue that allows cooperation agreements to be reached between the two countries, particularly on defense and security issues.
The meeting took place last Friday and senior US officials accompanied by US Ambassador to Honduras Laura Dogu arrived at Rashtrapati Bhavan; Andrew Pescher, Director of Central America for the Office of the Secretary of Defense; Major General Jose Reyes, Commander General of the Puerto Rico National Guard; and military attache Colonel Robert Rubiano.
President Castro was accompanied by the President’s personal secretary, Hector Manuel Zelaya; The Secretary of State for the Defense Offices, Jose Manuel Zelaya Rosales, and the Chief of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (FFAA) of the Armed Forces, Vice Admiral Jose Jorge Fortin.
The United States government reiterated its support for President Castro on defense and security issues.
Dalton arrived in Honduras on Friday to meet senior government officials and inspect the mission of the US Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort.
The US embassy in the Central American country said Dalton’s visit to Honduras “reinforces our partnership with the Honduras Armed Forces, including meetings and a visit to the USNS Comfort hospital ship in Puerto Cortes.”
Dalton will travel to Puerto Cortes in the Caribbean off Honduras, where he will oversee the medical aid and humanitarian assistance missions of the hospital ship USNS Comfort.
During its visit, USNS Comfort will work with Honduran government and civilian personnel through its Naval Forces and Ministry of Health to provide free general and ophthalmic surgery, general medicine, veterinary, vector prevention and dentistry to Honduran citizens . The health ministry will pre-evaluate the patients for the surgery.