Guatemalan president could still attend Summit of the Americas, minister says
Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei could still attend the Summit of the Americas next month, his foreign minister said on Thursday, just a week after the leader announced he would not attend the US-hosted rally. in Los Angeles.
Giammattei said on May 17 that he would not attend the June 6-10 summit, speaking a day after the United States criticized his administration for reappointing its attorney general, whom Washington has accused of corruption. However, Foreign Minister Mario Bucaro told Reuters that the United States was not trying to impose “conditions” on the appointment of judicial officials and that the government was still awaiting information on Giammattei’s departure.
“The country will certainly be represented by the Guatemalan delegation…but we are also awaiting confirmation from the president to see if he can be present,” he said. Bucaro stressed that the Central American country has good relations with the United States, its main trading partner, and said that Guatemala has listened to its concerns.
“What we are not going to allow is for there to be direct interference and for the sovereignty of the country to be affected, which is not negotiable for the United States or for Guatemala,” he said. Bucharest. US State Department officials have sharply criticized Guatemala for keeping Consuelo Porras as attorney general, while expressing concern over what they call the persecution of human rights activists and journalists in the country.
The foreign minister stressed that Guatemala has a broad relationship with Washington, highlighting security cooperation and saying the country is in the process of extraditing more than 60 drug traffickers to the United States.
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