Spain encouraged Honduras on Friday to maintain in the Central American country a Mission of the Organization of American States (OAS), which in 2016 joined the fight against corruption and is rejected by some sectors splashed by allegations of corruption.
The invitation to the continuity in Tegucigalpa of the Mission of Support Against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras (Maccih) was made by the Spanish ambassador in the Honduran capital, Guillermo Kirkpatrick, in a commemorative speech, anticipated, to the National Party of Spain.
"Spain has been accompanying Honduras in its fight against corruption, we are one of the donor countries that make it possible for the Maccih to be in Honduras," Kirkpatrick said.
The initial mandate of the Maccih expires in January 2020, without it being clear so far if the Honduran Government will expand its management for a second period, as demanded by various social sectors of the country that fight against corruption.
The ceremony, which was held in a hotel in Tegucigalpa, was attended by Honduran Foreign Minister Lisandro Rosales, representing the President of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernández, government officials, politicians, businessmen, religious, military, investors and community members Spanish in Honduras, among other guests.
The Spanish diplomat highlighted, among other things, the good relations between his country and Honduras, bilateral cooperation and the multiple social benefit projects that are being promoted in almost all 18 departments that make up the Honduran territory.
He also noted that Spain will continue to work with the Honduran authorities in strengthening human rights protection mechanisms.
In the field of bilateral cooperation, the ambassador recalled that at the end of the 2014-2018 period the Spanish investment in Honduras was 165 million euros (182 million dollars) in water and sanitation, governance and local development projects, among others .
It is expected that for the 2019-2022 period the investment will amount to 140 million euros (about 154.5 million dollars).
Kirkpatrick also referred to the two bilateral debt conversion programs whereby more than 320 million dollars have been forgiven to Honduras.
Of that amount, 40% has served to finance 23 projects in several regions of Honduras.
The second debt reconversion program has been used to partially finance the construction of the Palmerola International Airport, in the central department of Comayagua, which in 2021 would be replacing the Toncontín International Airport, in Tegucigalpa.
The Honduran Foreign Minister also highlighted the good relations between Honduras and Spain, and the "generosity" of the European country, which extends to nations facing difficult situations, such as natural disasters.
Honduras is one of those countries that has received solidarity from Spain in disasters such as Hurricane Mitch, at the end of 1998, which left more than 5,000 dead and material losses for more than 3 billion dollars.
Rosales said it is "laudable" how the issue of migration and its solidarity is treated in Spain, "but also by applying the law."
"From us, our immense gratitude, we recognize Spanish generosity with the thousands of compatriots who have found in Spain a place that has given them happiness and well-being," said the chancellor, referring to the thousands of Hondurans living in the European country .
Rosales said he is the bearer of a greeting from the Honduran president, "who values the solid and productive relations we have with Spain."
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