Guatemala announced on Monday the postponement of President Jimmy Morales’ visit to Washington to discuss the potential signing of “Safe third country” agreement for asylum seekers.
In an official statement, Guatemala stated that the planned meeting between Morales and his American counterpart Donald Trump this week had been delayed; as the constitutional court has not yet ruled on legal appeals aimed at preventing Morales from accepting Trump’s requests.
Last week, five former senior officials appealed to the court to hinder any agreement with the U.S. that would declare Guatemala a ‘safe third country.’
Noteworthy, according to this deal, Guatemala would be obligated to offer asylum to migrants who entered its territory en route to the United States. Migrants from Honduras and El Salvador heading to the U.S.-Mexican border overland usually cross into Mexico via Guatemala.