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Panama and El Salvador agreed intelligence exchange and common security strategy against Organized Crime.

Panama and El Salvador agreed in sharing a security strategy that involves all countries in the region to tackle organized crime, reported the Salvadoran Foreign Minister Hugo Martinez after a meeting in Panama City.

“What we’ve decided is a regional strategy against organized crime , that respects no borders and, therefore, the answer has to be the union of all central american countries to fight crime,” said Martinez to reporters after signing with the Panamanian Foreign Minister, Juan Carlos Varela, a bilateral agreement.

Martinez said he is aware of a criminal phenomenon that has multiple origins and manifestations, so it must deal comprehensively with components of prevention, prosecution of crime and rehabilitation, as well as strengthening institutions that fight crime.

He explained that the agreement signed today creates a mechanism for sharing intelligence information, including the criminal history of people in particular, and coordinated patrols between countries that share borders.

Finally, the Panamanian Foreign Minister announced a meeting of vice presidents in the Central American region to be held in September in Panama, whose main purpose will be to promote a common security agenda.