LatinNews Daily - 31 January 2022

US VP Harris meets Honduras’s new President Castro

Honduras: On 27 January US Vice President Kamala Harris met with Honduras’s President Xiomara Castro, which was President Castro’s first meeting with a foreign leader following her inauguration the same day. According to a White House press release, the two women “discussed deepening our cooperation across a broad range of issues, including addressing the root causes of migration, combatting corruption, and expanding economic opportunity.” They discussed ongoing cooperation to save lives and address the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, including the US’ donation of 3.9m vaccines thus far through the World Health Organization (WHO)’s Covax Facility Initiative aimed at guaranteeing equitable access to coronavirus vaccines. Harris informed President Castro that several hundred thousand additional doses would be arriving in the next two months, the first of several donations to come in 2022. The US will provide an additional US$500,000 to support the Honduran government’s Covid-19 vaccine and biosafety communications campaign and to strengthen vaccine deployment. Harris also emphasised that the fight against corruption and impunity remains at the centre of “our commitment to address the root causes of migration” and welcomed President Castro’s focus on these issues, including her intent to request the assistance of the United Nations in establishing an international anti-corruption commission and “commitment to advancing necessary legislative reforms to enable such a commission to succeed”.  They also discussed ways the US and Honduras can work together to “promote an equitable and inclusive economic recovery by stimulating economic growth and creation of good jobs”. 

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