Guyana discusses election preparations with US Gov’t


Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge met with United States Deputy Secretary, John J. Sullivan on Wednesday in Washington where they discussed “preparations for upcoming national elections in Guyana.”

The discussions with the US are taking place at a time when the Coalition Government is challenging the validity of the December 21 Opposition Sponsored No-Confidence Motion that was passed in the National Assembly and which requires elections to be held within three months.

A statement from the Foreign Ministry here noted that Mr Greenidge and the US official committed to “further strengthening the US- Guyana bilateral relationship and to exploring areas for deeper cooperation, with particular regard to the energy, security and development sectors.”

Earlier Thursday, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon confirmed that Guyana also met with the ABCE delegations, along with the Chinese and Indian diplomats in Guyana.

“It is our intention, of course, to ensure there are regular briefings on the international situation as we see it and as Vice President [Carl] Greenidge advises,” Mr Harmon said.

Meanwhile, the statement further noted that “the Deputy Secretary of State reaffirmed US support for Guyana’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, including sovereign rights in its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), in light of Venezuela’s recent interception of an ExxonMobil contracted vessel conducting seismic surveys in Guyana’s maritime space.”

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