US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo praised the "good work" done between the United States and El Salvador while speaking to press alongside El Salvadorian President Nayib Bukele in San Salvador on Sunday.

"On June 17th we seized a vessel carrying over 7600 kilograms (16,755 lbs) of cocaine, and I am confident of our good work together will allow this progress to continue, thanks in part to the agreement that we signed today, but more importantly thanks to all the good work that our two teams are doing together," Pompeo said.

Pompeo went on to speak of the two countries' "shared security concerns" of combatting drug trafficking and gangs, such as MS-13, and curbing illegal migration.

"Ending illegal immigration requires lots of hard work, strengthening border security at the US, southern borders, throughout Central America. The Trump administration is determined to achieve this," Pompeo said.

Pompeo later praised El Salvador for standing with the United States on Venezuela, saying "Foreign Minister (Alexandra) Hill put El Salvador on the right side of history when she declared at the OAS General Assembly last month that El Salvador does not recognise the corrupt Maduro regime as the legitimate government of Venezuela. This is all great news, great cooperation, but I'm convinced this is just the beginning."

"El Salvador and its new leadership has made a clear choice to fight corruption, promote justice and partner with the United States, and together both of our peoples will reap these benefits," Pompeo concluded.

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