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Tue Oct 15, 2019, 06:28 PM

U.S. says Guatemala must agree to asylum pact to get development aid

Source: Reuters

WORLD NEWS OCTOBER 15, 2019 / 5:29 PM / UPDATED 2 HOURS AGO

U.S. says Guatemala must agree to asylum pact to get development aid

Daniel Trotta
3 MIN READ

(Reuters) - A senior U.S. State Department official on Tuesday warned Guatemala that it must reach agreement with the United States on accepting asylum-seekers from other countries in order to benefit from a regional economic development plan.

Guatemalan President-elect Alejandro Giammattei has balked at accepting “safe third country” status with the United States, even though the government of outgoing President Jimmy Morales reached such a deal in July.

The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has demanded help from Mexico and Central America to curtail a record surge in immigration, a central political focus of Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign.

Guatemala must embrace a safe third country agreement if it hopes to benefit from the economic development plan for Mexico and Central America known as America Crece, said Mauricio Claver-Carone, a special assistant to Trump and senior director for Western Hemisphere affairs at the State Department.

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