US Looks To Work With New Guatemala President On Migration
Washington, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 13th Aug, 2019 ) :The United States on Monday congratulated Alejandro Giammattei on winning Guatemala's presidential election and pledged to work with him on halting migration from the Central American country.
"The United States shares a deep, historic relationship with Guatemala and looks forward to continuing our close partnership on a number of areas of mutual national interest, including addressing the underlying conditions driving irregular migration," US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement.
He will be under immense pressure from the US to implement a controversial migration pact that would allow Washington to send most Honduran and Salvadoran asylum seekers who passed through Guatemala back to the poor, crime-ridden country.
Giammattei has avoided taking a strong position on the US deal, which has been the subject of criticism in Guatemala.
A poll commissioned by the Prensa Libre newspaper found that 82 percent of those surveyed opposed it.