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Honduran President Discusses Immigration in US


Honduran President Manuel Zelaya has visited Washington to discuss immigration and trade issues.

In an interview with the Voice of America, Mr. Zelaya said he asked U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and U.S. legislators not to abandon the recent U.S. debate on immigration.

Mr. Zelaya also encouraged immigrants to take advantage of a U.S. program that provides temporary protected status to those unable to safely return to their home countries.

With regard to trade, Mr. Zelaya disagreed with data showing a negative impact of the Central American Free Trade Agreement on Honduras. He said the country's economic growth rate is at an all-time high.

President Zelaya also voiced his support for recently begun trade negotiations between Central America and the European Union.

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