A long-standing relationship currently exists between India and CARICOM Member States and this, according to Guyana’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr. Karen Cummings, is a laudable achievement.

Minister Cummings made note of this as she delivered remarks at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)/India Leaders’ Meeting held on the margins of the 74th United Nations General Assembly presently being convened at the Organization’s New York Headquarters.

“India has established itself as world-class in relation to providing capacity-building and expertise in a wide range of areas crucial for the advancement of our developing countries. We applaud the contribution of ITEC [Indian Technical & Economic Cooperation Programme] and would welcome additional resources dedicated to CARICOM,” Dr. Cummings said.

Cooperation between Guyana and India spanned the gamut of cultural, economic and political linkages, Minister Cummings noted.

“In this regard, the commissioning last May, on Indian Arrival Day, of the beautiful Guyanese-designed and Indian-built Indian Arrival Monument at Palmyra Village in Berbice Guyana is of immense significance as it provides both symbolic and concrete testimony to the invaluable contribution of Indo-Guyanese to the development of our nation and our enduring partnership with the Government and people of India,” she emphasized.

Further, while in New York, the Foreign Minister also had bilateral meetings with counterparts including from the Republic of Kosovo, Ireland, the United Arab Emirates, India, Chile, San Marino, and the Marshall Islands, among others, during which they discussed a number of issues and agreed to foster enhanced bilateral relations.

Tomorrow (Saturday 28 September), Dr. Cummings is scheduled to address the global body on the theme of the General Debate, Galvanizing multilateral efforts for poverty eradication, quality education, climate action, and inclusion.


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