President Bush and his Guatemalan counterpart, Oscar Berger, have discussed immigration and trade as well as education and crime during Mr. Bush's visit to Guatemala.
At a joint news conference Monday in Guatemala City, the two leaders said they discussed taking regional approaches to solving the problems of drug trafficking, organized crime, and transnational gangs.
Mr. Bush said he believed cooperation between authorities in Central America, Mexico, and the United States would help address those issues.
Earlier, at an arrival ceremony in Guatemala City, President Berger said about 10 percent of Guatemala's population lives in the U.S. He welcomed initiatives by President Bush to promote what the Guatemalan leader called "an integrated migratory reform." President Bush has proposed a guest worker program for illegal immigrants in the United States.
Earlier in the day, Mr. Bush toured a site where U.S. and Guatemalan medical personnel provide services to rural areas.
The president also stopped at a vegetable packing station and toured Mayan ruins. Mayan leaders said they would cleanse the site of "bad spirits" after Mr. Bush left.
The president is on a week-long tour of Latin America that has already taken him to Brazil, Uruguay and Colombia. He visits Mexico before returning to Washington.