Arévalo and Castro seek agreements for common challenges between Honduras and Guatemala

Arévalo and Castro seek agreements for common challenges between Honduras and Guatemala
Arévalo and Castro seek agreements for common challenges between Honduras and Guatemala

Guatemala City, June 22 (EFE).- The president of Guatemala, Bernardo Arévalo, and his Honduran counterpart, Xiomara Castro, agreed this Saturday, during an official visit, to seek joint solutions to face the challenges of migration, development and crisis climate bilaterally.

“This morning we had a fruitful meeting, I thank you for your time, President,” Castro said during a press conference after his meeting with Arévalo, at the National Palace of Culture (seat of Government) in the Guatemalan capital.

The Honduran president indicated that they agreed to “reactivate” the Central American Integration System (SICA) in order to address the problems that “affect” the population of both nations.

The climate crisis, insecurity and migratory crisis were named by Castro as common problems and “a very big challenge that must be assumed through initiatives proposed between countries.”

During Castro’s visit, which began this Saturday, both countries agreed to review the mechanism for managing the Motagua River basins, “which unites us to shared challenges,” the president explained.

The Motagua River, with an extension of 487 kilometers, crosses the northeast of Guatemala and flows into the Atlantic of Honduras and in recent years has registered significant deterioration due to pollution from plastics and waste of all kinds.

For his part, Arévalo announced that Castro’s visit is “an unequivocal example of the commitment of both countries” and highlighted that Guatemala and Honduras are united by “relevant challenges.”

“We agreed with the president that in the second half of this year we will have a bilateral meeting to find new agreements to face the challenges we have such as migration, climate change and the customs union,” Arévalo added.

Finally, Arévalo de León assured that he will travel to Tegucigalpa this year within the framework of SICA in search of reactivating cooperation in the region.

Castro will return to Honduras this Saturday by air in the afternoon, after a short eight-hour trip in the neighboring country of Guatemala.

 
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