Harris discusses migration with Guatemalan president

Earlier, President Biden instructed Vice President Harris to lead an effort to reduce the influx of migrants at the U.S. southern border

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris and Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei agreed in a telephone conversation to work together to address the root causes of migration toward the United States, the White House said in a statement.

“They agreed to explore innovative ways to create jobs and improve living conditions for all Guatemalans and the region, including through promoting transparency and fighting crime,” the statement said.

President Joe Biden directed Harris to lead a joint U.S. effort with Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador to stem the flow of migrants, which has surged in recent weeks.

Harris thanked Giammatthey for his efforts to secure Guatemala’s southern border, the White House said.

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