Foreign Minister briefs Brazilian counterpart on recent actions taken by Venezuela against Guyana

The Honourable Hugh Todd, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation today met virtually with His Excellency Ernesto Araújo, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federative Republic of Brazil to brief him on recent actions taken by Venezuela against Guyana in particular the recent decree issued by Venezuela. He emphasised Guyana’s position of a peaceful resolution to the border controversy and further conveyed President Dr. Mohamed Irfaan Ali’s stance of relying on the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for a solution to the long-protracted situation.

Minister Araújo in turn, reiterated that his government did not recognise the validity of the decree as it was issued by an “illegitimate government.” Brazil views such actions from the Venezuelan regime as troubling. The Brazilian Foreign Minister reaffirmed his support to Guyana and urged for peaceful resolution through the ICJ to ensure the peace of the region is not jeopardized.

The two Ministers took the opportunity to reiterate their commitment to cooperation on developmental areas recently discussed during the visit of Minister Araújo to Guyana in November 2020.

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