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Congressman Sires’ Statement on His Call with Ambassador Milena Mayorga of El Salvador

Feb 16, 2021
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Albio Sires (D-NJ) released the following statement to correct the record regarding his conversation with Ambassador Milena Mayorga of El Salvador:

“Tonight, I learned about comments issued from Ambassador Mayorga’s official Twitter account that misrepresented the substantive conversation I had with the Ambassador earlier in the day. I am perplexed and disappointed that the Ambassador’s office would put out inaccurate quotes and attribute them to me. This is a first in my 15 years in Congress and this incident will unfortunately force me to reassess how I engage with El Salvador’s Ambassador.

“In reality, the Ambassador and I discussed the vibrant Salvadoran community in my district in New Jersey and the ongoing challenges and opportunities for El Salvador. Ambassador Mayorga asked me about my recent letter to President Bukele and I reiterated my belief that humanitarian workers should be protected. We also discussed the need to address the root causes of migration from the region and I reinforced that I remain focused on working to combat corruption and deepening U.S. assistance to the Northern Triangle. I expressed to her that I would like to travel to the Northern Triangle once health conditions make such travel possible.

“I remain committed to constructive diplomacy that advances the interests of the people of the United States and El Salvador. I will continue, as always, to engage with countries throughout the region on the basis of shared interests and mutual respect, and with a commitment to honesty, transparency, and integrity.”