|Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei is pictured during a press conference in Guatemala City in March 2020 (Photo by=AFP/Johan Ordonez)|
[아시아뉴스통신=레악카나 기자] President Alejandro Giammattei said the deportations saturated quarantine centers in Guatemala and heaped pressure on the Central American country's weak health system.
"Guatemala is an ally to the United States, the United States is not an ally to Guatemala," he told the Atlantic Council, a Washington-based international affairs think tank.
"We understand that the United States wants to deport people, we understand that, but what we don't understand is that they send us contaminated flights."Among Guatemala's 2,000 coronavirus cases, authorities say 100 were migrants deported from the US.
In a statement following Giammattei's comments, the US embassy in Guatemala listed the ways it said the United States is helping Guatemala.
These include a commitment of US$2.4 million for the country to use "to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak" via clinical care, public health screenings at border entry points, and medical supplies. However there was no mention of Giammattei's criticism about the infected deportees.