Panama City, Aug 22 (AP/UNB) — The U.S. acting homeland security secretary is meeting with officials of Central America and Colombia to discuss fighting drug trafficking and migrant smuggling.
Kevin McAleenan described Thursday's meeting as "one of the most important engagements we have on security collaboration in the region."
McAleenan called for "concrete international actions, investigations and interdictions."
Panama has been the bridge for migrants from Haiti, Africa and Asia who enter South America seeking to reach the U.S. border. Panama is also a route for cocaine moving up from South America.
Panama's minister of security said, "We have to put a stop to it."
Rolando Mirones said, "We do not want those people to come through here ... because allowing these people to come through here is sponsoring people who are criminals."