Remarks by Ambassador Laura Dogu at the B200 Sensor Donation Ceremony at the Coronel Hernan Acosta Mejia Air Base

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Illicit drug trafficking is a huge problem in our hemisphere and in this region, but working together we can address these security challenges.

Welcome to the Minister of Defense, Honduran Armed Forces, guests, and our team from the United States.

I have the pleasure this morning of announcing the completed restoration of the sensor of the B200 Maritime Patrol Aircraft. It is a reconnaissance sensor that will help the Honduran Armed Forces discover and stop criminal activity in its territory.

At the same time, it will also strengthen Honduras’ sovereignty and security. This sensor was not only repaired, but also improved with the installation of a new laser that increases the capacity of this aircraft. Thanks to a $200,000 donation from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL), and the coordination of the Department of Defense’s Security Cooperation Office, the Honduran Armed Forces now has a fundamental tool to combat illicit drug trafficking.

This effort is proof that together we are more effective and efficient in the fight for a safe Honduras. My country is your partner in creating a Honduras where all people can live in peace and tranquility without fear of anyone, including criminal groups.

We are your partner for a more prosperous, secure, and democratic Honduras.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Brigadier General Roosevelt Hernandez and his family and we hope for his full and speedy recovery.