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OAS Secretary General and former President Leonel Fernandez Hold Working Meeting

  April 18, 2017

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, and the former President of the Dominican Republic, Leonel Fernandez, held a working meeting today, during which they discussed the most urgent challenges facing Latin America and the Caribbean, such as organized crime and citizen insecurity.

During the meeting which took place at the Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo (Funglode), which is chaired by Fernandez, Almagro and the former President also shared experiences regarding the Inter-American democratic system, the recent electoral process in Ecuador in which Fernandez served as Chief of the OAS Electoral Observation Mission, and in general discussed ways of contributing to the institutional strengthening of the region.

The meeting, held in the framework of a breakfast offered by the former Dominican leader for the participants, lasted for more than two hours. In addition to Almagro, the meeting included the Secretary for Strengthening Democracy of the OAS, Francisco Guerrero; the Chief of Staff of the Secretary General, Gonzalo Koncke; the former Vice President of the Dominican Republic, Rafael Alburquerque; Franklin Almeyda Rancier, former Minister of the Interior and Police during the governments of Fernandez; and the Executive Director of Funglode, Marco Herrera.

Regarding Venezuela, various aspects of the political situation of the country were discussed.

Reference: E-034/17