External Affairs

Mexico President to Travel to Guatemala to Meet Leader Jimmy Morales

President Enrique Pena Nieto, addresses the audience during the XVI Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Tuxtla Mechanism for Dialogue and Coordination in San Jose, Costa Rica March 29, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Randall Campos/Files

Mexico City: Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto will travel to Guatemala to meet its leader Jimmy Morales on June 5 and 6, the Mexican president’s office said in a statement on Wednesday, May 17.

The two presidents agreed on the date in a phone call on Wednesday, according to the statement.

The meeting comes as Mexico begins to take a larger role in the regional migration issue. The vast majority of Central American migrants heading for the US enter Mexico by crossing the border from Guatemala and the US government has been leaning on Mexico to do more to make people stay.

A Mexican diplomatic source said the visit was in part to offer support to Morales, whose family has become embroiled in a corruption scandal, and to discuss the extradition of Javier Duarte, a former ruling party governor and Pena Nieto ally who was arrested in the Central American country after fleeing graft and organised crime charges.