El Salvador speeds up preparations for the Ibero-American Summit

Salvadoran authorities are completing final details to host the XVIII Ibero-American Summit of heads of state and government from October 29 to 31.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Delegations from 22 countries in the region are expected to attend this huge event that will be held at the Fair and Convention Center, which is located int he western sector of the Salvadoran capital.
"We have created a logistical structure in order to cover all the needs of an event of this nature," said Cesar Enrique Arevalo of the organizing committee.

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