TENOSIQUE, MEXICO - SEPTEMBER 15: A Central American watches as a freight train arrives on September 15, 2014 in Tenosique, Mexico. Many migrants have perished riding atop "La Bestia" or The Beast freight train on their journey to the U.S. border. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)2014 Getty Images
El Salvador will receive some $65 million of the $750 million approved by the U.S. Congress to halt the migration of Central American children and teens, through Washington's plan for the "Northern Triangle" of Central America, a Salvadoran presidential aide said Monday.
Roberto Lorenzana said the distribution of the funds was decided during a meeting last week of the presidents of the Northern Triangle nations – El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala – with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.
Lorenzana said that some $65 million were assigned to El Salvador, $89 million to Honduras and $112 million to Guatemala.
The aide explained, however, that another $400 million have been set aside for regional cooperation, for which Northern Triangle countries may apply.
"It must be said that the governments will not receive that money" directly, but that the U.S. Agency for International Development will execute the projects "based on the plans the three countries have agreed upon in the Plan of the Alliance for Prosperity."
He added that Biden urged the three presidents to prepare new budgets for 2017.
"Our countries are going to start getting ready. The three countries have a technical meeting in the coming weeks, precisely to define the new cooperative projects we're going to propose for the year 2017," he said.
The Plan of the Alliance for Prosperity in the Northern Triangle has the support of the United States and has a technical secretariat directed by the Inter-American Development Bank, or IDB.
The initiative was launched in 2014 due to the emergency created by the sudden flood of migrant children and adolescents from Central America pouring across the U.S. border.