BREAKING NEWS: Colombia to re-open embassy in Georgetown

DPI, Guyana, Thursday, May 16, 2019

Colombian Minister of Foreign Affairs Carlos Garcia has said that his country is looking to re-establish diplomatic presence in Georgetown.

The Foreign Minister made the revelation during an interview with the Department of Public Information on the sidelines of a meeting with Guyana’s Foreign Minister Dr. Karen Cummings in Georgetown today.

“The reason of my visit is to deepen and strengthen bilateral relationship and of course that aim goes to the opening of the embassy in this country” Minister Garcia noted.

A timeline for the re-establishment of the embassy was not revealed.

The two foreign ministers also discussed border security and a language program at the meeting which was held at the Marriot Hotel.

Minister Cummings said she was happy that Guyana and Colombia were continuing to strengthen ties in areas which will bring great benefit to both countries.

“I’m very happy that we would have established ties with Colombia since 1970 and since that time we have continued to have cooperation; a joint commission which we have to resuscitate,” she stated.

Minister Cummings said discussions will also be advanced on technical and security cooperation and public service training.

In the meantime, Minister Garcia will continue talks which started with his predecessor, María Holguín, on border security.

Those discussions began with Guyana’s Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge and centered on the influx of Venezuelans fleeing to neighbouring countries in search of better socio-economic conditions.

Following this morning’s bilateral talks, Minister Garcia paid a courtesy visit to His Excellency, President David Granger at State House.

Felecia Valenzuela.

Images: Ameer Sattaur.

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