"I was very direct": Kamala Harris expressed AMLO's concern about corruption and impunity in Mexico.

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source: theguardian.com

The vice president also referred to the president's statements against the press.

A few days after her visit to Mexico and Guatemala, the Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris, revealed that when speaking with the leaders of each country, she expressed her concern about the levels of corruption and impunity in their respective nations.

During an interview with the EFE news agency, Harris declared that she was "very frank" with the Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, and the Guatemalan, Alejandro Giammattei. In addition to this, Harris explained that she also referred to the corruption and impunity issues that exist in these countries, an issue that keeps her very "concerned."

"I was very direct with each of them regarding those concerns," Harris assured in her telephone conversation with EFE two days after returning from her trips to Guatemala and Mexico.

Harris thus responded to a question from EFE about the controversial reform in Guatemala of the law on non-governmental organizations, promoted by the official party and which will enable the unilateral cancellation by state decision of any NGO based in the country.

The Second Working Committee of the Permanent Commission, the body that replaces the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate during legislative recesses, agreed to request, through the Board of Directors of the Permanent, the documentation and information related to the signed memorandum of understanding between the government of Mexico and the United States.

This Thursday, this Commission was formally installed, chaired by Senator Claudia Ruiz Massieu, of the opposition Institutional Revolutionary Party ( PRI ), which will deal with foreign relations, national defense, and public education.

At the meeting of the Labor Commission, which was held remotely, the senator of the same party, Beatriz Paredes, was the one who raised the need to formally request the Foreign Ministry, within the framework of collaboration between Powers, the documents of the agreements that were reached in the meeting between López Obrador and Vice President Harris.

This request was joined by the deputy María del Carmen Almeida from Morena, the party in power. However, after the analysis, he requested that a statement be made by the Commission to prevent this information from being used to influence the post-electoral stage.

In this sense, the legislators endorsed, in an economic vote and unanimously, to request, through the Board of Directors of the Permanent Commission, the documentation and information related to the memorandum of understanding signed between the governments of Mexico and the United States.

The memorandum in question signed during the bilateral meeting consists of the commitment to extend the Sembrando Vida reforestation projects and the Young Building the Future scholarship project in Central America, both promoted by the Mexican government.