Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, representative of the United States to the United Nations, met this Friday with Nicaraguan exiles and refugees in Costa Rica and emphasized the importance of the diaspora in promoting fundamental freedoms in that country.
The spokesperson for the US mission to the United Nations, Nate Evans, reported in a statement that Thomas-Greenfield thanked the Nicaraguans for their courage “in the face of the oppression of the Ortega-Murillo regime.”
Linda Thomas-Greenfield was in Costa Rica for two days as Costa Rica co-hosted the second Democracy Summit.
On Thursday, the US diplomat stressed that her visit “will help move towards a shared agenda of security, migration and economic prosperity” in Costa Rica, with whom she said that there is a “relationship founded on democratic values, values that are the object of our meeting at this Summit.
“We are grateful for everything that Costa Rica has done to organize the event. I thank the president for his efforts to ensure that all migrants are treated safely and humanely, and for his administration’s strong condemnation of the Ortega regime’s decision to strip more than three hundred Nicaraguans of their citizenship,” Thomas stressed.
In response to a query from voice of america Regarding the rest of his agenda, Thomas-Greenfield announced that he would meet with other civil society organizations of all kinds during his visit to the country.
Meanwhile, the Nicaraguan opponents who met with Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield preferred not to refer to the meeting, citing security reasons.
The Nicaraguan government did not speak out before critical stances United States and Costa Rica on the situation of human rights and democracy.
A key country in Nicaraguan migration
Costa Rica is a key country in the migration of Nicaraguans fleeing the political crisis that this nation is experiencing after the protests against President Daniel Ortega in 2018.
In fact, the president of that country, Rodrigo Chaves, said after a consultation by the VOAthat there is a total of approximately one million Nicaraguan people living in Costa Rica.
“We have received them with dignity, supporting them and in international organizations we express our concern about the situation. Meanwhile, we have respect and peace with the Nicaraguan government,” said the president.
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