Harris will meet with President Alejandro Giamatti, and then with President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
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HAVANA, June 6 (RHC) US Vice President Kamala Harris departed on Sunday for Guatemala on her first international trip since taking office, with an agenda focused on the immigration issue.
Simon Sanders, a spokeswoman for Harris, said Harris departed about two hours later than expected due to a technical problem on the official plane that forced her to return to Andrews Air Force Base, just minutes after takeoff to change plane.
Finally, the ship carrying the US Vice President took off at 4:27 pm (local time) for Guatemala City, the first stop on its voyage that will also take it to Mexican territory.
The second man in the White House plans to meet tomorrow, Monday, with President Alejandro Giamatti, and on Tuesday he will meet in Mexico with President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
The US President, Joe Biden, appointed Executive Vice President to direct diplomatic commitments with the Northern Triangle countries and Mexico with the aim of curbing the flow of migrants at the southern border, which in March saw the highest number of arrests in 15 years.
Experts and White House officials believe the trip is meant to show how the United States is not only seeking quick fixes, but also solving the reasons why thousands of people have fled the region, something that no government — neither Democrats nor Republicans — has yet done. achieved.
The New York Times notes that the money sent from Washington to Central American countries does not solve the structural problems of the countries of the region because American companies allocate them for salaries, expenses and profits, without providing any service, as well as because of corruption.
According to analysts, Harris’s trip is primarily intended to mark a shift in the US attitude toward Latin America after four years of a hostile and militaristic immigration policy under former President Donald Trump (2017-2021). (Fountain: PL)