The Board of Directors of the Congress shall set the date for the questioning of the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
He has been in office for more than three weeks, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carlos Ramiro Martínez, has already made an interpellation request against him.
The latest announcement about the possibility of trade relations with China cost the chancellor his first impeachment in the Congress of the Republic, initiated by the deputies from the ALL bench, led by Felipe Alejos.
Through a statement, that bloc expressed its rejection of the chancellor’s statements, considering that they would violate the current treaties with Taiwan.
“The foreign policy on trade matters cannot be taken lightly; Guatemala has established friendship and bilateral relations with many countries over the years, which should not be put at risk for the security of the country and economic growth,” the document reads.
Also, he says that establishing relations with China “will cause friction with other leading countries in the development of Guatemala.”
First attempt at politics
Representatives from the purple bank indicated that they had already submitted the request for interpellation before the Legislative Presidency, where they await the date to be fixed to summon the minister.
According to the parliamentarians, the official question was about foreign trade policy, which the Executive had planned, and they announced that they would oppose all measures “that endanger the country.”
The subject of the dispute
In an interview for the foreign media outlet Reuters, Martínez reported that he was thinking of building formal commercial relations with China, although he emphasized that he plans to maintain relations with Taiwan.
It should be noted that there is a struggle between the two governments since China, the second-largest economy in the world, claims Taiwan as its territory, although the latter has its own government.
To this day, Guatemala is one of the few countries that has maintained its support for Taiwan in that dispute.