The President of Guatemala, Alejandro Giammattei, and the Secretary of Homeland Security of the United States, Alejandro Mayorkas, signed two cooperation agreements in Guatemala City that seek to improve the exchange of information to facilitate, among other things, the fight against smuggling of articles. and human trafficking.
As Mayorkas pointed out at a press conference, the agreements refer to the proportion of information “pertinent to the application of laws in order to interfere with the flow of goods so that our two countries are equipped to deal with (smuggling).”
“We signed two very important documents, one has been formulated since 2012, we signed the agreement so that our two countries can share information to improve our cooperation,” he explained.
Thank you for a great and productive visit, Guatemala. The partnership our nations share is of utmost importance. We will continue to work to deepen our collaboration around issues of mutual interest and keeping our nations and our people safe. pic.twitter.com/0TNudbe58O
— Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas (@SecMayorkas) July 7, 2021
Mayorkas shared that the United States has similar alliances in “many places in the world” to “advance port security in those nations”, because in a world “so globalized alliances are a key to success, as we share the threats and vulnerabilities ”.
Other advances in the dialogue between Giammattei and Mayorkas referred to the possibility of benefiting Guatemalans in the US with a temporary protected status.
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