Activities on March 10
On his third day in
Central America, the President will travel to San Salvador, El Salvador,
where he will deliver a major address to legislators from El Salvador
and other regional leaders at the Legislative Assembly building. His speech
will focus on Central America’s continued transformation into a region
of strong, stable and prosperous democracies with whom the United States
is expanding trade and investment, and deepening cooperation to combat
the shared threats of drug trafficking, corruption, and illegal migration.
The Legislative Assembly
is an eight-story building where the legislature meets. The legislative
chamber is popularly called the Blue Room, and was dedicated on November
5, 1974, during the presidency of Dr. Ruben Alfonso Rodriguez. Large portraits
of two national heroes hang in the Blue Room. Dr. Jose Simeon Canas (1767-1838),
a priest and lawyer, was one of the leaders of El Salvador’s independence
movement from Spain. He was also active in the struggle to abolish slavery
in ElSalvador. Dr.Jose Matias Delgado (1787-1832) also had a prominent
role in the independence movement and served as the first President of
El Salvador. He was inaugurated in November 1821.
After the speech,
the President will travel to Guatemala, arriving at Guatemala City Airport
Wednesday afternoon. He will be greeted by President and Mrs. Arzu in
a brief ceremony upon arrival.
Following the arrival
ceremony in Guatamala City, the President will hold a roundtable discussion
on that country progress towards achieving peace. The United States actively
supported the U.N. mediation effort that negotiated a final peace accord
ending Guatemala’s 36-year civil war in 1996. This peace accord ended
violence and restored hope to Guatemala, and launched its transformation
into a stable, democratic nation poised to take advantage of new opportunities
for hemispheric trade and development.
The President will
spend the night in Antigua, Guatemala.