WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) – Vice President Kamala Harris will travel to Honduras next week to attend the inauguration of President-elect Xiomara Castro, the Central American country’s first female president.
Harris has been tasked by President Joe Biden with the heavy task of finding solutions on immigration at the Southwest border. Every month tens of thousands of Honduran and other Central American migrants cross the border in search of a better life. US border officials intercepted migrants more than 1.7 million times during the fiscal year ended September 30, nearly quadruple from 458,088 in the previous fiscal year, when the coronavirus first hit.
Harris will lead a delegation that will include US leaders in economic, international development and global affairs.
In a statement, Harris’ deputy press secretary Sabrina Singh said the visit was “to deepen the partnership between the United States and Honduras and to work together to advance economic growth, combat corruption, and address the root causes of migration.” is an attempt.”
Castro, the candidate of the left-wing opposition party, Won victory over the country’s ruling party in November. He will be inaugurated on January 27. She is a former First Lady and her husband, José Manuel Zelaya, was ousted by the military in a coup in 2009. He rode a wave of popular discontent with 12 years of National Party rule, which peaked in the second term of former President Juan Orlando Hernández.
There are still some tense sentiments over the expulsion of Zelaya and what Honduras sees as an American respect for the National Party there, and a slowdown on the coup d’état.
But Castro and the US government share some common ground in at least three key areas: immigration, drug trafficking and corruption. And as relations with other Northern Triangle countries are strained, a productive relationship with Honduras could be particularly useful diplomatically.