Friday, November 16th 2012 - 04:12 UTC

UK opens new embassy in El Salvador to increase engagement with Latam

The United Kingdom will continue to increase engagement with Latin America pledged Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire during the official opening Thursday of the UK new embassy in El Salvador.

Minister Swire, Ambassador Linda Cross and Salvador authorities at the opening ceremony

“Coming to El Salvador has made me realise the real desire there is here to learn more about the UK and to engage with us. The same desire exists across the Atlantic, where the Foreign Secretary and I continue to work to increase our engagement with Latin America. We have been away too long and this much-overdue Embassy signals just how serious we are about expanding in the region”, said Minister Swire.

“Now we are fully established and up and running, I look forward to hearing from our staff first-hand about new opportunities, and about the ways the UK can work further with El Salvador on issues of mutual interest.”

The decision to re-open an Embassy in El Salvador was made in May 2011. This followed a shift in UK policy on Latin America, summed up by the Foreign Secretary William Hague’s 2010 Canning House speech where he said that the UK had not devoted enough attention to the region.

Minister Swire was joined by new Ambassador Linda Cross and Salvador authorities when he toured the new premises and met staff who will be working a the embassy.

The UK’s previous Embassy was closed in 2003, with other posts in the region acting as representatives of the UK Government until now.

The Embassy will focus on bilateral diplomacy, trade and investment, environmental issues, human rights and security. We already have an excellent relationship with El Salvador through the British Embassy in Guatemala City. But we are excited about the opportunities that the new Embassy will create to work much more closely with the El Salvador Government, business community, civil society and media.

Minister Swire said that El Salvador is located in a region of economic growth and development, and is currently the largest economy where the UK does not have a sovereign post.

“We see particular opportunities for promoting sustainable economic growth and clean energy; enhancing trade and investment between the UK and El Salvador; and supporting British businesses operating in El Salvador and Salvadorian businesses operating in the UK, through our new ‘UK Trade in El Salvador’ (UK TiES) group”, he added.

The UK also attaches great importance to Central America’s efforts to tackle violence, insecurity and organised crime in the region. “The new Embassy will have a strong focus on security issues, and hopes to work closely on them with SICA’s headquarters in San Salvador. The UK has recently joined the ‘Friends of SICA’”. (Central America Integration System).

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1 Gordo1 (#) Nov 16th, 2012 - 07:19 am Report abuse
As a person with close ties to El Salvador, I welcome this development.
2 Boovis (#) Nov 16th, 2012 - 08:43 am Report abuse
The UK sees LatAm slipping away, they open trade talks, embassies, develop investments and try to find common ground, result: more trade, closer ties, more trust.
Argentina sees the Falklands slipping away, they block shipping, harass the locals, complain to the UN; result: everyone wants Argentina to go forth and multiply.

Learn anything?
3 Conqueror (#) Nov 16th, 2012 - 02:45 pm Report abuse
@2 Don't be daft. When was the last time argies were up for learning anything? 1945?
4 ProRG_American (#) Nov 16th, 2012 - 03:50 pm Report abuse
Another addition to the UK big lie propaganda campaign. Don't waste your time. Central America supports Argentina!
5 Pugol-H (#) Nov 16th, 2012 - 07:44 pm Report abuse
Sure about that, include Belize in that do you?
6 Conqueror (#) Nov 16th, 2012 - 07:47 pm Report abuse
@4 How can you say Central America supports argieland? Does Central America know argieland exists? Why would Central America give any thought to to a backward cesspit of uneducated, immature, juvenile delinquents?
7 briton (#) Nov 16th, 2012 - 09:34 pm Report abuse
if they all supported CFK then why do they ignore her, and welcom the
8 toooldtodieyoung (#) Nov 16th, 2012 - 10:19 pm Report abuse
2 Boovis

“Learn anything?”

Of course they haven't, then again, there are some types of stupidity that are impossible to underestimate....... Stupid is as stupid does.
9 DanyBerger (#) Nov 17th, 2012 - 04:47 am Report abuse
“We have been away too long and this much-overdue Embassy signals just how serious we are about expanding in the region”, said Minister Swire

Ha ha ha an someone tells CaMoron that he’s clock is delaying around 30 years?

“We see particular opportunities for promoting sustainable economic growth and clean energy”

Good would be a good thing is CaMoron promotes his sustainable economic growth at home because things are going pretty bad in UK.

Britain more isolated every day passed, especially in Europe, may be CaMoron is thinking to open a embassy in El Salavador mean while closing the embassy in Germany. After all would be useless after they get kicked out of EU soon.
10 British_Kirchnerist (#) Nov 17th, 2012 - 10:17 am Report abuse
#5 You mean the tax haven?
11 reality check (#) Nov 17th, 2012 - 12:35 pm Report abuse
Man you are brilliant, my sides are aching, here I recommend these, should get you some good gigs.
12 JIB (#) Nov 17th, 2012 - 12:40 pm Report abuse
Salvador is a key player in Latam.
13 LightThink (#) Nov 17th, 2012 - 02:33 pm Report abuse
7 ) briton..................laugh.

I am certain that you are one of the servants of UK Cape Town consulate.
14 briton (#) Nov 17th, 2012 - 09:19 pm Report abuse
see 11 above..

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