Guatemala–India relations

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Guatemaala–India relations

Guatemala

India

Guatemala–India relations refers to the bilateral ties between India and Guatemala. The countries established diplomatic relations with each other in the 1970s, and have decided to open resident missions in the other country.[1]

Both nations are part of the Non-Aligned Movement.[citation needed]

Diplomatic missions[edit]

India has an embassy in Guatemala, which opened on April 29, 2011. Guatemala has an honorary consul in New Delhi and plans to open an embassy soon.[2]

Trade[edit]

According to the Ministry of Commerce of the Government of India, total trade between India an Guatemala was worth just $92 million in 2009-10, with India accounting for nearly $87 million worth of the trade or around 95%.[3]

Spice war[edit]

There is increased competition between in the production of cardamom between India and Guatemala, among other spices.[4][5] Some sources have referred to this as a "spice war."[6]

Illegal immigration[edit]

Due to the visa-free entry that Guatemala offers to Indian citizens,[7] there has been a report in the Daily Mail newspaper that a human trafficking network operates, which transports people from India to the United States, by first flying to Istanbul and then travelling on to Guatemala and finally to Texas.[8]

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