SANTO DOMINGO.- The U.S. Southern Command’s Intelligence Unit will monitor the operations to fight and pursue drug trafficking in Dominican Republic, as part of a strategy that includes seven other nations of the region.
Dominican Republic accepted Washington’s offer of a “far reaching support” in the war on drug trafficking, after president Leonel Fernandez met with Southern Command chief Douglas Fraser in the National Palace on Sunday.
According to sources quoted by eldia.com.do, Washington pledged support to Fernandez in the fight against drugs and as part of that plan would establish an Antinarcotics War Coordination Center, whose headquarters would be in Dominican Republic or one of the Central American countries.
“We are committed to work with the Dominican Republic and our neighbors to assist with our security challenges and obtain our vision for the future of a safe and stable America for our citizens,” the senior officer said after the meeting with the chief executive.
For more than one hour Fernandez and Fraser discussed topics ranging from drug trafficking and military training, to cooperation in infrastructure and health.
In a statement posted on the Presidency’s website then, the Government affirmed that the United States will also support the fight on drug trafficking in Panama, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica, the source for an estimated 80 percent of the narcotics that enters its territory.