3 December, 2022

“We will not back down…”: Canciller Alexandra Hill, at the IX Summit of the Americas

El Salvador reaffirms its sovereignty and urges to work in favor of the continent at the IX Summit of the Americas

Editorial Dept. Voz de la Diaspora

U.S – Representing El Salvador, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Alexandra Hill, presented at the IX Summit of the Americas “Building a sustainable future, resilient and equitable”, meeting that brings together the leaders and high-level holders of the continent and that has been taking place since the past 8 June in the city of Los Angeles, U.S.

The edition of this summit was focused on issues and challenges in health and resilience of the continent, environment, digital transformation, democratic governance and energy.

In his speech, Minister Hill referred to the purpose of said meeting, conceived “as a space to achieve consensus, create synergies and make strategic decisions that help our hemisphere advance towards the development and well-being of our people”.

However, The chancellor highlighted the needs that the population of the continent still demands. "After 28 Summit years, our peoples still await real solutions to transnational challenges that affect their daily lives”, Indian. Thus, urged participating nations to “build true solidarity”.

At the same time, pointed out the need for transformation among the multilateral organizations of the hemisphere, so in this context, “They must be refounded or they will be doomed to disappear, completely", he pointed.

In his speech, Minister Hill highlighted the nation's progress during the three years of President Nayib Bukele's mandate. “We are a country that puts its sovereignty first, the freedom and dignity of his people. The 1 last June, the government of President Nayib Bukele, completed three years of management, through which we have frontally combated the old practices of the de facto powers that for decades accumulated wealth and power for a few, keeping an entire population anchored in cycles of violence, poverty, exclusion and inequity”, the diplomat asserted.

In that sense, He stated that all efforts and initiatives are aimed at responding to the demands of the population in political matters, social, economic and cultural. “The historical debt of the State is being settled. We are not yet where we want, but in three years we have advanced more than in the previous three decades”, He said.

“Our priority has been, is and will always be to meet the needs of our people, of all salvadorans. We are driving a transformation process in terms of the governance approach, from a welfare state, that privileges the human person and the common good”, he added.

Similarly, He referred to the various inherited challenges that the government of President Nayib Bukele, currently facing. "In my country, we inherit centuries-old challenges: a democracy that was not really a democracy, and who was responsible for so many lost generations. Thus, our government promotes an effective democracy, in which all the work of the State is based on the majorities, in order to generate opportunities, prosperity and development”, he claimed.

About this aspect, the minister maintained that many sectors, The festival that started, even at government level, have questioned Salvadoran democracy, without recognizing the context or understanding the reality of our country. “These remarks have been without historical rigor, nor academic. But they have remained silent in the face of atrocities in other parts of the world. This pattern of behavior does not contribute to a constructive relationship between States and between States and institutions.”, he emphasized.

“El Salvador has embarked on a path of no return. We will not rest until we achieve political transformation, economic and social that allows the construction of a just society, democratic and prosperous for all salvadorans. We won't back down, despite the fact that this means overcoming monumental challenges and receiving tendentious and biased remarks”, he said.

Among the most recent challenges, highlighted the efficient management of the COVID-19 pandemic, that led us to create a model vaccination system that is orderly and reaches the population, guaranteeing safety and well-being for the population. These elements have been recognized internationally and have been replicated in other countries., mentioned the diplomat.

Beyond those objections, Minister Hill highlighted the high approval and popular support, the best indicators in the history of our country, mentioned.

In addition to advances in political and democratic, the head of Salvadoran diplomacy presented the advances in digital material, in a special way, pointed out the delivery of computers and digital tablets to the student population.

in the social area, highlighted the Born with Love Law, which advocates a respected birth and loving care of the newborn.

Among other topic, the minister pointed out the effects of climate change, a phenomenon that should commit us “as a region it is vital for the existence of humanity. However, these commitments will be a dead letter if the will and resources are not available to realistically face this serious threat”.

Added to these challenges, Minister Hill pointed out the migratory issue to which El Salvador has committed in an integral way, thus, one of the effects is that our country is currently the one with the fewest arrivals at the southern border. "Our ultimate goal is that migration be considered as an option and not as the only alternative to solve the lack of development and security of the population".

To conclude, Minister Hill reiterated El Salvador's willingness to work together on all the challenges of the region exposed in the framework of the IX Summit of the Americas. “Transforming a country that was received in deplorable political decadence, economic and social has required leadership, tenacity and drastic measures. That is the model of success that defines President Nayib Bukele”, he pointed.

This moment of the IX Summit of the Americas was presided over by the authorities of the conclave, presidents and high-level officials of the participating countries.