October 7, 2019 / 3:19 PM / 14 days ago

Walls will not halt migration: Guatemala president-elect

FILE PHOTO: Guatemala's President-elect Alejandro Giammattei speaks during a news conference in Guatemala City, Guatemala August 13, 2019. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Those who believe that walls will halt migration are mistaken, Guatemala’s President-elect Alejandro Giammattei said at an event in Mexico City on Monday.

Giammattei, who takes office in January, added he would sign an “open skies” agreement with Mexico that month, and aimed to create a duty free zone in the Caribbean port of Livingston.

The conservative politician said he wanted to make Guatemala a logistical center where companies can ship products via the Central American country’s Atlantic or Pacific coasts.

Reporting by Anthony Esposito; Editing by Chris Reese

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