Expanding international relations

― Pres. Granger accepts letters of credence from three non-resident ambassadors

DPI, Guyana, Wednesday, September 11, 2019

As Guyana continues to strengthen its diplomatic relations globally, His Excellency, President David Granger, on Wednesday, accepted letters of credence from three non-resident ambassadors.

The Head of State accredited the Non-Resident Ambassadors of the Republic of Finland, the State of Kuwait and Ireland to the Cooperative Republic of Guyana. This was done in the presence of Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Dr. Karen Cummings and Director-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Audrey Jardine-Waddell.

In his remarks, President Granger noted that Guyana and the three nations have several areas of mutual interest.

“Our relations are founded on mutual respect for each other’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, mutual no interference in each other’s internal affairs, cooperation of mutual benefit, respect for treaty and international law and the maintenance of peace and regional security,” he said, adding that Guyana looks forward to strengthening diplomatic relations.

While addressing the Finnish Ambassador, His Excellency, Pertti Ikonen, the president placed much emphasis on education and the Green State Development Strategy (GSDS).

“Guyana is aware of Finland’s efforts to transition to a carbon-neutral economy by 2035. We look forward to sharing experiences with Finland as regards the promotion of environmental security,” the Head of State remarked.

In his exchange with the Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to Guyana, His Excellency, Nasser Riden Al-Motairi, the president expressed hope that his tenure “will contribute to continuing cooperation and initiate new areas of collaboration, especially in the oil and gas sector, energy, sustainable development, agriculture and education.”

He also welcomed the opportunity to develop relations with Ireland in support of the country’s national development goals and international obligations particularly in the area of climate change.  To this end, Non-Resident Ambassador (Designate) of Ireland to Guyana, His Excellency Seán Hoy told the Head of State that “the Caribbean is the focus area of Ireland as we seek to increase our global footprint. I look forward to engaging with your government to explore our bilateral relations including through our membership of the European Union.”

The ambassadors all expressed their countries’ commitment to contributing to Guyana’s economic development. HE. Pertti Ikonen noted that his country’s technological advancements “could contribute to the transformation of the Guyanese economy.”

Meanwhile, H.E Nasser Riden Al-Motairi expressed his state’s keenness to strengthen its relations with Guyana, especially in the economic field. “Kuwait’s economic fund and investment authority can play a big role in these investments,” he noted.

The Head of State wished the ambassadors much success during their tenures and assured of his government’s support in the discharge of their duties.

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