Foreign Ministers of Latin America and Caribbean and Germany Discuss COVID-19

Foreign Minister of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana, Dr. Karen Cummings, today participated in a videoconference with counterparts from Latin America, the Caribbean and Germany during which the Foreign Ministers discussed joint measures to contain the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) as well as a course of action to counter the economic impact. 

In her address, Dr. Cummings expressed appreciation for the support and cooperation of partners such as Germany.

“It is our hope that the partnership will spur a stronger international response that is all encompassing to ensure equitable and fair access to medical and financial resources; allow sustained response to the pandemic; the development of holistic recovery plans; and the creation of more resilient health, social, economic, technological and research-led systems,” she stated.

German Foreign Minister, Mr. Heiko Maas, is hosting the videoconference today under the framework of Germany’s Latin America and Caribbean Initiative, which was launched in 2019.

Attached are Dr. Cummings’ verbatim remarks.

Dr. Cummings prepares to address her counterparts

German Foreign Minister, Mr. Heiko Maas engages his counterparts in a discussion on COVID-19 (center). Also pictured are Minister Cummings (top left); Paraguayan Foreign Minister, Mr. Antonio Rivas Palacios (top center); and Nicaraguan Minister for National Policy, Mr. Paul Oquist Kelly (top right)

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