Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs Deputy Assistant Secretary for Caribbean Affairs and Haiti, Barbara Feinstein, Friday said the Secretary’s visit to Guyana will further deepen America’s diplomatic engagement with 14 steadfast democracies.

President, Dr Mohamed Irfaan Ali

Blinken’s discussions with President Ali will centre on key bilateral issues, including food and energy security and decarbonisation, climate resilience, regional migration, and building local capacity.

During a meeting with the Secretary of State in Washington DC in July 2022, President Ali said Guyana welcomes the opportunity to further strengthen its relationship with the US as a strategic partner, particularly during its period of growth.

He also highlighted the countries’ shared values and their quests to strengthen the region.

In his remarks then, the US Secretary of State said Guyana has been a very strong partner for his country and a global leader. The two countries, he added, will continue to advance discussions and collaboration in areas for cooperation.

United States Secretary of State, Antony Blinken

Blinken emphasised that the US is eager to continue to deepen and strengthen the partnership, which will also redound to the benefit of the region, since Guyana’s capital ─ Georgetown, is also the seat of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

The US official’s trip to Guyana builds on US Vice President, Kamala Harris’ visit to the Bahamas just two weeks ago, where she engaged leaders from CARICOM and the Dominican Republic and made commitments on issues of mutual concern.

During the upcoming trip, Blinken will also visit and engage the leaders of Trinidad and Tobago and Haiti on key areas of bilateral concern.

He will meet the incoming chair of CARICOM, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit to discuss strong partnership on regional migration, security, and renewable energy. (Article and photos extracted from the Department of Public Information)


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