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Feb 1, 2018

“We’re Still Friends with the U.S.”

Dean Barrow

During U.S. President Donald Trump’s live televised State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday night, he intimated that American foreign assistance should always serve American interests and go to its friends and not enemies. The comments came in the wake of more than one hundred countries banding against the U.S.’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The top local U.S. official, Charge d’affaires Adrienne Galanek, hastened to remind the media on Wednesday that Belize still shares a strong relationship with the U.S. and should not fear cuts to programs such as the Central American Regional Security Initiative. Belize was one of the countries voting against the U.S.’s decision, but today Prime Minister Dean Barrow reiterated that Belmopan and Washington remain friends, united by a common strategic interest.

 

Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“We are friends with the United States, and certainly that it is a friendship that can and will survive that particular vote at the U.N. In terms of CARSI, it is not charity from the U.S. It is a matter of pursuing their strategic interests. And those interests have not changed, cannot change in terms of the circumstances in the region; so again, I’m not worried.”

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