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Secretary General of the OAS meets with U.S. Secretary of State

  June 4, 2013

Secretary General of the OAS meets with U.S. Secretary of State
Photo: United States Embassy in Guatemala

José Miguel Insulza, Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), met yesterday with the Secretary of State of the United States, John Kerry, at the conclusion of the opening ceremony of the Organization’s 43rd General Assembly, which is taking place in Antigua, Guatemala.

During their meeting, the two officials spoke about the main issues on the regional agenda and also about the General Assembly’s central theme, “For a Comprehensive Policy against the World Drug Problem in the Americas.”

At the start of their conversation, Secretary Kerry praised Insulza’s leadership of the hemispheric organization, which he described as the region’s most important forum. In turn, Secretary General Insulza expressed his gratitude for the support that the United States gives to the main tasks undertaken by the OAS in the nations of the Hemisphere.

At the meeting, Secretary Kerry was accompanied by the Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs at the State Department, Roberta Jacobson; the Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, William Brownfield; and the Permanent Representative of the United States to the OAS, Carmen Lomellin. Secretary General Insulza was accompanied by his Chief of Staff, Ambassador Hugo de Zela, and by the Organization’s Secretary for External Relations, Ambassador Alfonso Quiñonez.

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Reference: FNE-12305