Department of State
Office of the Spokesperson
For Immediate Release
Press Statement by Robert Palladino, Deputy Spokesperson
February 4, 2019
The United States congratulates Nayib Bukele on his election as the next president of the Republic of El Salvador. We salute the Salvadoran people for their commitment to democracy and their participation in a successful election.
The United States and El Salvador share a strong partnership based on our joint efforts to improve security and our mutual commitment to the rule of law and inclusive economic development. It is in our common interest to reduce illegal immigration and combat transnational crime by fostering economic growth, good governance, and security.
We value our cooperation and look forward to working with President-elect Bukele to expand economic opportunity, strengthen democratic institutions, and redouble efforts to make El Salvador safer and more prosperous for all Salvadorans.