Guyana & Saudi Arabia deepening bilateral relations

President Dr Irfaan Ali and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir at State House (Photo: Latchman Singh/February 19, 2022)

The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Member of the Council of the Ministers of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir visited Guyana on Saturday and engaged President Dr. Irfaan Ali and other government officials.

The Saudi Arabian Minister engaged the President at the State House in Georgetown. The President was joined by Prime Minister Mark Phillips, Vice President Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo, Senior Minister with responsibility for Finance Dr. Ashni Singh and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Hugh Todd.

A press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, issued on Friday, noted that over the last 18 months, Guyana and Saudi Arabia have intensified their collaboration, and continue to enjoy cordial and mutually beneficial relations.

The Foreign Affairs press release also noted that the visit of the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs will serve as an impetus for the further enhancement of relations between the two countries.

Guyana established formal diplomatic relations with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on February 22, 2012.

Earlier this week, President Ali and other government officials met with a visiting team from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at the Marriott Hotel in Georgetown at the International Energy Conference and Expo Guyana.

The visiting delegation was led by the Arab nation’s Governor of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Adeeb Al Aama. Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Energy Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, joined the meeting virtually.

Members of the delegation from Saudi Arabia (Photo: Latchman Singh/February 19, 2022)

Last September, President Ali also met with the Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia and Head of the Saudi delegation to the United Nations General Assembly Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud.

The meeting was held at Saudi Arabia’s Permanent Mission in New York.

Then, a release from the Office of the President noted that collaboration on matters relating to climate change at COP26 in Glasgow; capacity building- given Saudi Arabia’s extensive experience as an oil-producing nation, and investment opportunities in Guyana were discussed.

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