Kamala Harris walks off Air Force Two at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, US on Sunday. Photo: AFP

Harris had to switch planes after a technical issue forced Air Force Two to return 30 minutes into the flight on Sunday afternoon.

Harris is looking to deepen diplomatic ties with Guatemala and Mexico, two nations key to US efforts to stem the spike in migration.

Kamala Harris, on her first foreign trip as vice-president, is looking to deepen diplomatic ties with Guatemala and Mexico, two Latin American nations key to the Joe Biden administration’s efforts to stem the spike in migration at the US border.

Harris, who was switching planes after a technical issue forced Air Force Two to return 30 minutes into the flight on Sunday afternoon, is seeking to secure commitments for greater cooperation on border security and economic investment, but corruption in the region – a far more intractable challenge – will complicate her efforts.

It’s already had a significant impact on her work in the region. Harris has yet to engage substantively with the leaders of Honduras and El Salvador, who are both embroiled in corruption scandals. And it’s an issue that experts in the region say will need to be addressed to make any lasting changes.

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