El Salvador And Nicaraguan Face More Pressure: Joe Biden’S New Relationship With Central America
2021-02-10 | by CusiGO
The decision of Joe Biden’s government to refuse the request to meet with Salvadoran president Najib bukel shows that the Democratic Party’s foreign policy towards Central America is moving in a new direction, and most central American countries are experiencing a serious human rights crisis, corruption and the rise of authoritarianism.
The new government made a “difference” to bukker’s decision. Bukker is a president with a huge reputation in the country, but he tried to control the institution while openly attacking the media and criticism. Washington also asked Daniel Ortega’s regime in Nicaragua to “change direction,” calling it an “intensification of repression” of the country’s serious political crisis since 2018. “The Biden administration is committed to supporting the Nicaraguan people and their demands for democracy,” the State Department said in a statement on Monday.
Bukel made an unannounced trip to Washington last week to meet with Biden administration officials, the Associated Press reported on Monday. No staff agreed to meet the president. Bukel denied demanding a meeting with Biden administration officials, saying it was a private trip. “Anyone who thinks a president is going to another country for a meeting must carefully check whether he has his own brain,” the Central American tweeted.
The Salvadoran government has signed a 450000 dollar contract with the Sonoran policy group, a lobbying agency, to seek support within the US legislative system when Biden’s foreign policy changes, AP reported. “The fact that he has invested a lot of money in buying access rights in Washington and trying to change his image reveals the unstable position of his administration in the current administration and the U.S. Congress,” Human Rights Watch Americas director Jos é Miguel vivenco told the nation. Booker.
Salvadoran president supports former president Donald Trump’s immigration policy. He even calls El Salvador a “shit country” and says his government is committed to reducing irregular immigration to the United States within the scope of the so-called “safe third country” agreement, They were allowed to deport asylum seekers to these countries and were suspended by the Biden administration. In fact, the president of El Salvador called the trump administration “our ally”. At a farewell ceremony in mid January, U.S. ambassador to El Salvador Ronald Johnson said that he “very doubted” whether the trump administration had “equal friendship” with the diplomats who succeeded him, He even gave orders for the occasion.
No U.S. government official has agreed to meet with the president, which is a very strong message, because it shows bukel that the situation has changed and that his human rights practices, corruption and disrespect for the rule of law at home are very important to him Bilateral relations with Washington, “vivanko explained. “During Trump’s administration, bukel reached a clear understanding with Washington. The fact that Trump’s ambassador to San Salvador, like a barman, provides oxygen support to bukel has changed because Biden made it very clear that bilateral relations must be based on anti-corruption, respect for human rights, democracy and the rule of law, “he added.
El Salvador’s leader was ousted a month after two Democratic congressmen asked him not to stir up differences in El Salvador in a letter after a motorcade of opposition FMLN supporters was attacked, killing two people. Instead of condemning the attack, bukker attacked opponents and critics of his way of governing, accusing him of spreading hatred among the people. “They are very eager not to lose their privileges and corruption,” the president said hours after the incident. In the letter, signed by congressmen Albio Ceres and Norma Torres, both lawmakers warned that “severe rumor information can have consequences, They asked him to “use the power of his office as president of El Salvador, not to incite division for the sake of political interests like former president trump, but to convey a message of peace and unity.”.
Biden’s government also expressed concern about the situation in Nicaragua, which has been in a serious political crisis since President Daniel Ortega brutally suppressed demonstrations demanding the end of his term of office and the holding of free elections in 2018. In a statement released on Monday, the State Department said that “the United States is deeply concerned about the growing crackdown by President Ortega’s government,” citing measures such as the so-called “foreign agents act.”, One of the four bills passed by the Nicaraguan parliament is aimed at suppressing dissidents. They forced the two major organizations to shut down their operations because of their control and restrictions on institutions promoting respect for human rights, freedom of expression and the press in Central American countries.
“These events have further strangled Nicaraguan civil society and prevented the country from holding free and fair elections. Ortega is leading Nicaraguan to dictatorship. “This will further insulate his regime from the global community,” he warned. “The Biden government is committed to supporting the Nicaraguan people and their demands for democracy. Our focus is on empowering civil society and strengthening respect for human rights. We urge president Ortega to change direction now, “the State Department requested in the document.
The United States has increased pressure on Ortega’s regime by imposing sanctions on the president’s circle, including his wife, vice president Rosario Murillo and his children, close business operators, and members of the national assembly and judicial system, both of which are controlled by the former Sandinista guerrillas. “I don’t think it is possible for the current government, which is committed to human rights and democracy, to change its policy towards Nicaraguan, a dictatorship led by a couple in power at all costs and directly responsible for massive violations of human rights,” vivanko said. He believes that he has ushered in a new era of relations between the United States and Central America, and that his government has claimed “for the first time” that it is interested in formulating a foreign policy aimed at the region, “guided by respect for civil liberties and democratic values.”.