Kamala Harris announces $310 million in relief to Central America
Harris, who leads President Joe Biden's efforts to address the influx of migrants from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador to the US-Mexico border, met with Giammattei by videoconference, prior to her visit to Central America scheduled for June.
Vice President Kamala Harris told Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei during a virtual call Monday the US will give $310 million in humanitarian relief to Central America, her office said, as the region tackles a wave of migration north.Harris, who leads President Joe Biden’s efforts to address the influx of migrants from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador to the US-Mexico border, met with Giammattei by videoconference, prior to her visit to Central America scheduled for June.
The meeting, which was held virtually, was Harris’ second conversation with Guatemala’s leader in less than a month – a sign of the best opportunity she has to build a partnership in the region. She previously spoke with him on March 30.
Harris has yet to speak with leaders of Honduras and El Salvador.”We want to work with you… in a way that will bring hope to the people of Guatemala, that there will be an opportunity for them if they stay at home,” Harris said, adding that she will visit the region in June.President Giammattei said Guatemala is looking forward to her visit but wants to reach an agreement on issues before she travels.”I believe that we should build a roadmap between governments… so that we can reach an agreement… (and) can work on this very hard road that we have ahead of us,” he said.On April 5, Guatemala said it was purchasing 16 million Russian Sputnik V vaccines to inoculate about half the country’s population.