Thursday July 7, 2016

Newly appointed Ambassador to Brazil, George Wilfred Talbot called on Chief of Staff Brigadier General Mark Phillips at his Office, Defence Headquarters, Base Camp Ayanganna, on Friday July 1, 2016.

The receiving delegation included Deputy Chief of Staff, Colonel George Lewis, Commandant of the Guyana’s People Militia, Colonel Patrick West and Staff Officer One General One, Lieutenant Colonel Lorraine Foster.

Brigadier General Phillips and Ambassador Talbot share a light moment

Brigadier General Phillips and Ambassador Talbot share a light moment

Brigadier Phillips welcomed the Ambassador and congratulated him on his recent appointment. He further briefed the Ambassador on the genesis and evolution of the Force’s relations with its Brazilian counterpart, which dates back to the tenure of the first local Chief of Staff, Brigadier Clarence Price.

The Chief of Staff pointed out that the excellent and rich bilateral relations have resulted in ongoing training opportunities for Officers and Other Ranks and also noted that the Force’s Jungle Warfare School is staffed by Brazilians. Additionally, he revealed that the Colonel Ulric Pilgrim Officer Cadet School (CUPOCS) also have Brazilian Instructors.

Brigadier Mark Phillips also mentioned that every two years designated Officers meet their Brazilian counterparts for bilateral exchanges which provides for, among other things, shared operational experiences.

Ambassador Talbot was previously the Permanent Representative of Guyana to the United Nations since 2012. He worked with the United Nations on the Venezuela Border controversy.