Foreign Affairs Minister meets US officials
Vice-President and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Carl Greenidge, agreed with his U.S. counterparts yesterday to intensify bilateral cooperation with a renewed emphasis on deepening Guyana’s democratic processes, improving governance and fighting crime and insecurity including the drug trade.
At a meeting with U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for the Western Hemisphere, Roberta Jacobson, the Guyanese Foreign Minister underscored the new administration’s determination to improve the climate for business and investment, as well as to pursue cooperation initiatives with the United States in the areas of energy and security.
The two officials also pledged to work to promote regional peace, and stability in the wake of a new territorial claim by Venezuela following the recent discovery of oil in Guyana’s maritime area by the ExxonMobil Corporation.
The Guyanese Foreign Minister expressed his belief that the two countries are poised to embark on a much more cooperative and productive phase in their bilateral relationship.
Vice-President Greenidge was on his own maiden visit to the U.S. capital, Washington DC, in his capacity as Minister of Foreign Affairs. The meeting with Assistant Secretary Jacobson was the first high-level contact between the two countries since the change of government in Guyana last month.