NASSAU, Bahamas -- On Thursday, May 3, U.S. Chargé d'Affaires John Dinkelman and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs the Hon. Brent Symonette participated in an official signing ceremony at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to renew a Letter of Agreement to bolster joint cooperation for counternarcotics and law enforcement assistance as part of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI).
The agreement provides the Bahamas Government with close to $2.5 million in funding to be used for a wide variety of public security and safety activities. Chargé Dinkelman highlighted that by signing this renewal, the funding will augment ongoing counternarcotics and law enforcement cooperation in the areas of interdiction, drug demand reduction, rehabilitation, and corrections modernization.
"It is a symbol of the United States' steadfast support of the Government of The Bahamas and our shared commitment to enhancing security and promoting greater prosperity in the region," the Chargé said. "It is also a tool for keeping our joint efforts united, prepared, and vigilant against the criminals and smugglers who seek to jeopardize the safety of our citizens."
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