The President of El Salvador Nayib Bukele. . / Rodrigo Sura / Archive
San Salvador, Sep 12 . .- The president of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, said this Saturday that the new president-elect of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the American Mauricio Claver-Carone, will be a « great ally » for the countries of America.
« Congratulations to Mauricio Claver-Carone, new President of the IDB. We are sure that the American continent will have a great ally in its economic and social development, » Bukele posted on his social networks.
The president added that his country was one of the 4 that intervened in the IDB Board of Governors « to invite member countries to vote for Mauricio Claver-Carone » and assured that the American is « a great friend of El Salvador. »
The Salvadoran Foreign Minister, Alexandra Hill, also congratulated Claver-Carone from her networks and pointed out that she has the « support » and backing of the Bukele government to « work together for the region. »
Claver-Carone, advisor for the Americas to US President Donald Trump, was elected this Saturday as the new president of the IDB, which will make him the first leader of the institution that does not come from Latin America on October 1.
The American lawyer of Cuban origin, who for two years was the visible face of Trump’s policy towards Latin America, took over the reins of the institution in a secret and telematic vote of the IDB’s Assembly of Governors, at the who came as the only candidate.
Claver-Carone, born in Miami 45 years ago, has pledged to remain at the head of the IDB for a single five-year term, despite the fact that the organization’s rules allow him re-election, with the idea of »helping to recover economically to the region « from the COVID-19 crisis.
He has also denied that his candidacy had any « imperialist intention » and has defended that being the institution’s first US president will help « renew US interest » in the IDB.
Known for his hard line towards Cuba and Venezuela, Claver-Carone recently assured in an interview with Efe that he will continue to promote his « democratic principles » from the IDB.