President remains open to dialogue with Opposition – Min. Harmon

DPI, Guyana, Friday, July 20, 2018

President David Granger, during recent talks with former United States President Jimmy Carter, restated his administration’s willingness to engage in talks with the Opposition.

Minister of State, Joseph Harmon during a post-Cabinet press conference today said during the conversation with Carter, President Granger indicated three areas he wishes to speak on with the Opposition. These include National Security, the Oil and Gas sector and environment.

Minister Harmon pointed out that “some time ago the president did, in fact, indicate to the Opposition that the leadership of the government team will be the Prime Minister and other ministers from time to time.”

Minister of State, Joseph Harmon

The minister said the Opposition has been selective on matters to be dealt with particularly relating to the appointment of boards and commissions.

“At meetings to which they were invited, they have chosen which are the ones they will go to, so it has basically been a picking and choosing by them.”

Further, Minister Harmon said, the president, in the interest of moving the process forward, agreed to lead the talks, after the Opposition objected to Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo leading them.
Minister Harmon said, the Opposition has always attempted to disrespect the Prime Minister, who continues to lead with dignity and executes the duties of his office in an efficient manner.

The State Minister emphasised that government continues to be open to dialogue with all stakeholders, especially as it promotes social cohesion as a key element in the advancement of the country.

By: Stacy Carmichael