By Aaron Humes: Ahead of a presidential visit to the United States this week, Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei has suggested that his country is Washington’s “last strategic ally” in Central America even if they may not say so publicly.
“We are the last remaining strategic ally for the United States in Central America, although some of the current administration does not understand it. Bilateral cooperation has been vital to making substantial progress in the fight against transnational crime,” stated Giammattei on his social networks, according to leading newspaper Prensa Libre.
The Guatemalan chief added that “our commitment as a country” is “to continue strengthening the joint work to address the responsibilities of the binational agenda” with the United States.
The U.S. organized a digital summit for democracy on December 9 and 10 to which none of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador were invited.
Relations between Guatemala and the United States have cooled since September when the United States sanctioned (with the removal of her visa) the Guatemalan Attorney General, Consuelo Porras, accusing her of obstructing justice. In July she fired the anti-corruption prosecutor Juan Francisco Sandoval, who in 5 years indicted more than 200 individuals including former presidents, presidents, ministers, and members of the enterprise elite on charges of bribery and corruption.
Sandoval indicated, before going into exile to the United States, that there was an ongoing investigation of Giammattei for alleged bribery by Russian residents.