The U.S. Guatemala Business Council, a business association led by the Guatemala embassy in Washington and dedicated to U.S.-Guatemalan relations, has tapped top Washington lobbying shop Williams & Jensen for advocacy work pertaining to foreign relations and trade issues.

Williams & Jensen has been retained by the Central American nation to foster and promote bilateral U.S.-Guatemalan economic relations, according to lobbying registration documents filed in January.

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A four-person team at Williams & Jensen manages the account, including CEO Susan Hirschmann, who was formerly chief of staff to Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-TX) and chief of staff to Rep. Van Hilleary (R-TN); and Eric Stewart, former U.S. deputy assistant secretary for Europe/Eurasia at the Department of Commerce and as a senior advisor to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The Coalicion del Congreso de Guatemala, an alliance of political parties that work to advance the interests of the Republic of Guatemala, signed a lobbying pact with Barnes & Thornburg last year for a similar campaign to advance relations between the two countries.