Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Ambassador Michael Kozak will travel to Mexico and Guatemala from February 4 through 8 to promote regional prosperity, security, and democratic governance.
On February 4, Acting Assistant Secretary Kozak will travel to Mexico City, Mexico. He will meet with Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard and other Mexican officials to discuss the United States and Mexico’s shared efforts to boost economic prosperity under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, continue bilateral cooperation on migration issues, strengthen counternarcotics and citizen security, and defend human rights and the rule of law. He will also hold meetings with the private sector, civil society, and U.S. embassy staff and visit the construction site of the new U.S. embassy building.
On February 6, Acting Assistant Secretary Kozak will travel to Guatemala City, Guatemala. He will meet with members of Guatemala’s new administration including President Alejandro Giammattei and Foreign Minister Pedro Brolo to discuss continued U.S.-Guatemala cooperation on priority issues such as anti-corruption efforts, combating illegal migration, and advancing economic growth. While in Guatemala, Acting Assistant Secretary Kozak will also meet with business leaders, members of civil society, alumni of Department of State exchange programs, and U.S. embassy staff. In addition, he will visit the newly remodeled USAID-funded reception center for migrants at Guatemala’s La Aurora International Airport, which is also used to facilitate the reception of asylum seekers under the U.S.-Guatemala Asylum Cooperative Agreement.