The Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris, will attend the inauguration of Xiomara Castro as president in Honduras on January 27, the White House announced on Tuesday.
Harris will lead the delegation that President Joe Biden will send for the inauguration in Tegucigalpa, which also includes the administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Samantha Power, and the Undersecretary of State for the Americas, Brian Nichols, according to a statement.
Also traveling will be Democratic legislator Raul Ruiz, a US citizen born in Mexico who since 2013 has represented California in Congress in Washington, and José Fernández, Undersecretary for Economic Growth, Energy and Environment of the Department of State.
It will be the first official trip to Honduras for Harris, whom Biden entrusted to solve the problem of uncontrolled migration on the border between the United States and Mexico, mostly from Central American countries.
Harris celebrated the victory of Castro, wife of leftist President Manuel Zelaya, ousted in 2009, in the November 28 elections, which made her the first woman to win elections in Honduras in 200 years of independence.
“Today I called to congratulate Xiomara Castro on her historic victory as the first female president of Honduras. We look forward to working with President-elect Castro to increase economic opportunity, combat corruption, and deepen the partnership between the United States and Honduras,” Harris tweeted on 11 from December.
The next day, the Undersecretary of State for Civil Security, Democracy and Human Rights of the United States, Urza Zeya, arrived at Honduras to offer Washington’s support to the future ruler, in particular to fight corruption and deter emigration.
Castro, who will replace the right-wing Juan Orlando Hernández, who was severely questioned over allegations of drug trafficking in a New York court, told AFP last month that he will seek to eliminate the regulations that, in his opinion, “have covered up all the corruption” of recent years. .
Then, he stressed that migration “is one of the main issues” in the relationship with U.S. “The defense of human rights, the security of migrants, mainly that of children and their families, is essential,” he said.
Castro, 62, won the elections with an overwhelming majority and has promised economic and social transformations of Honduras, one of the poorest countries on the continent.