Admiral Craig Faller, commander of the United States Southern Command, arrives in the Dominican Republic to participate in a security conference of the Caribbean nations.
The forum is called the Caribbean Nations Security Conference (Cansec) and is held from April 20th to the 21st.
The central theme of the conference is “Combating illicit trafficking and responding to natural disasters in a COVID-19 scenario”
Faller is expected to develop an agenda of activities that include a meeting with the Vice President of the Republic, Raquel Peña, who is in charge of the Executive Power in the country in the absence of President Luis Abinader.
The admiral’s agenda includes participation in a closing ceremony for Operation Kraken, an operation with bilateral support to disrupt the operations of transnational criminal organizations operating in the Caribbean.
Faller will also meet with representatives from the Emergency Operations Center, where he will tour facilities, including a U.S.-donated mobile hospital and mobile operations center, and discuss upcoming U.S. humanitarian aid donations.
The admiral will participate in round tables with Dominican military personnel who have attended education and training courses in schools and academic institutions of the United States Department of Defense, as well as with women who currently serve in the Armed Forces of the Dominican Republic, to learn about their professional experiences and listen to their views and ideas.
Cansec is defined as a forum that allows the heads of public security and defense of countries “participants to strengthen ties, discuss regional issues, examine challenges, share lessons learned, and explore ways to improve cooperation on security issues and achieve new achievements.”
The event is sponsored annually by the United States Southern Command and holds the personal attendance of representatives of Belize, the United States of America, France, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, and Suriname.
While virtually the following nations will be included: Anguilla, Antigua, and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands, Mexico, Montserrat, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Saint Kitts, and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Turks and Caicos Islands.
The United States Southern Command handles the security cooperation of the Department of Defense in the 45 nations and territories of Central and South America and the Caribbean Sea.