US Vice President Kamala Harris is paying a three-day visit to Central America to stem the flow of migrants to the United States.
US Vice President Kamala Harris kicks off three-day diplomatic mission to Northern Triangle on Monday migration to the USA,
During a joint news conference with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammathe, Harris stressed the need to restore hope for the people of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, the three countries from which most migrants migrate.
“Hope does not exist in itself, it must be combined with trust and confidence,” Harris told a joint news conference with Giamatei. “It must be accompanied by tangible results in terms of what we do as leaders to convince people that there is reason to hope for their future, for the future of their children,” he said.
The administration of US President Biden, which took office in January, is under pressure to end increase in migrant arrivals From Central America, escaping poverty and corruption.
During the trip, officials are expected to announce steps to combat human trafficking, smuggling and corruption in Guatemala. Harris is scheduled to meet with civil society leaders, businessmen, and then travel to Mexico, where he will meet with President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Tuesday.
Prior to Harris’s visit, NGOs put Guatemala corruption at the top of their list of concerns. Last month, two lawyers who openly criticized the two Imamate administrations were arrested on what they said were false accusations of silencing them.
William Lawrence, a professor of international relations at the American University in Washington, D.C., said the United States hopes to find ways to stop migration in the short term, as well as to address the structural issues that have led people to move to the United States.
“You have to deal with border issues at the same time, where there have been some improvements, despite the big waves, և systemic issues that are sending so many migrants to the border,” Lawrence told Al Aze Azira TV.
In an effort to address the “root causes” of migration, the Biden administration has pledged a $ 4 billion plan to boost development in the region. $ 310 million in humanitarian aid,
Speaking to Tecun Uman of the Guatemalan border with Mexico, Manuel Rapallo of Alazera said that US assistance and funding for projects in the region Guatemala in particular, they are not new. And it will be the duty of the nation to make significant progress on corruption.
“Ultimately, the Guatemalan government must decide that foreign aid will not corrupt corruption,” Rapallo said, adding that “no foreign aid will prevent people from fleeing north” without structural changes.
Harris is also expected to discuss sharing COVID-19 vaccines with Guatemala as a batch. 25 million additional vaccines with other countries.
Last week, iam Yammatey said the United States would supply half a million doses of COVID-19 to Guatemala.
Shortly before the meeting, Giammaty Harris said that his visit to his country showed that the Biden administration was focused on re-establishing ties with the world’s allies, “reflecting the priority that President Biden places on the region.”
“It is in our collective interest to work together,” Harris said.