WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris and Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei spoke by phone on Tuesday and agreed to work together to address the root causes of migration to the U.S., the White House said in a statement.
“They agreed to explore innovative ways to create jobs and improve conditions for all people in Guatemala and the region, including by promoting transparency and fighting crime,” the statement said.
President Joe Biden has hired Harris to lead US efforts with Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador to stem the surge in migration over the past few weeks.
Harris thanked Giammattei for his efforts to secure Guatemala’s southern border, the White House said.
According to local media and a Reuters witness, several hundred Hondurans set out for the Guatemalan border on Tuesday to reach the United States.
The group was the second major caravan to set out from Honduras this year after catastrophic floods from two hurricanes in November that affected an already battered economy.
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