US donates helicopters to El Salvador for peacekeeping mission
The US government donated four MD 530 helicopters to El Salvador’s military on 26 October. The aircraft will support the country's operations in the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).
According to US Southern Command, the donation was funded through the State Department’s Global Peace Operations Initiative. As of 30 June, El Salvador has 174 troops and two staff officers assigned to MINUSMA, according to UN statistics. However, the Central American country has not disclosed when the aircraft will be deployed.
Apart from the helicopters, Washington also transferred one firefighting truck, vehicles for water transport and electricity generators, said the Chargé d'Affaires at the US embassy to El Salvador, Katherine Dueholm. The equipment is worth $5.6 million.
As Shephard has reported, the US donated equipment to several Central American partners throughout October to improve security operations to combat crimes like drug trafficking and illegal, unreported, or unregulated fishing.
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