MEXICO CITY, Dec 10 (Reuters) – Egypt Email List Guatemala urged the United States on Friday to invest in the country and elsewhere in Central America to boost development, and called for a crackdown on people-smuggling gangs after dozens of migrants died in a truck crash in Mexico. Officials from Egypt Email List Guatemala and Mexico pledged to tackle international people-smuggling networks they Egypt Email List blamed for Thursday’s accident that killed 55 mostly Guatemalan migrants. Report ad Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said a
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regional “action group” had been set up to fight Egypt Email List human-smuggling networks and was backed by the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and the United States. The group will “investigate, identify, learn, and bring to justice the leaders of the organization Egypt Email List responsible for this human tragedy,” Ebrard told a televised news conference. Report ad Speaking Egypt Email List alongside Ebrard, Guatemalan Foreign Minister Pedro Brolo urged investment by Washington to alleviate poverty in the region and called for tougher penalties against criminals who benefit from illegal immigration. “We invite the U.S. government to support
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