Guatemala, Mexico agree on actions to fight poverty along border

Guatemala City, Jun 1 (EFE).- Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina and Mexican counterpart Enrique Peña Nieto said they would launch joint actions "in the short term" to combat hunger in the border region and spur development for its more than five million inhabitants.

During a working meeting at a Guatemala City hotel, the presidents and their top aides hammered out a long list of actions "aimed at expanding relations" between the two countries.

Peña Nieto visited Guatemala for four hours Friday to meet with Perez Molina and give a speech at the Guatemala Investment Summit 2013, an ambitious initiative aimed at attracting foreign investment to the Central American nation.

Among the actions announced, a bi-national working group will be tasked with locating the border areas with the highest rates of poverty and underdevelopment and spearheading joint actions to improve people's quality of life.