Joe Biden congratulates Guyana on Republic Day, promises closer relationship with gov’t
For a second consecutive year, United States President Joe Biden has sent congratulatory messages to President Dr. Irfaan Ali and the people of Guyana on the occasion of the country’s Republic Anniversary.
President Biden used the letter penned to Dr. Ali to recommit to forging closer relations in Guyana in key and strategic areas.
The message was released by the US Embassy as Guyana celebrates 52 years as a republic.
“The United States remains a committed partner in working together with Guyana to reinforce democratic values, promote inclusive economic growth, strengthen regional security, and successfully meet challenges posed by the climate crisis,” Biden said in the letter.
Guyana has held itself out as a global leader in climate change, eco-systems and biodiversity with the country presenting 18.3 million hectares of standing forests which stores 19.5 gigatons of carbons worth conservatively US$195 billion.
Deforestation currently stands at 0.05%, allowing the country to harvest one million cubic meters a year but only 400,000 is being harvested at present.
Meanwhile, the U.S had been at the forefront, fighting alongside Dr. Irfaan Ali and his People’s Progressive Party Civic to ensure that democracy prevailed in 2020 amid efforts to rig the general elections by the APNU+AFC.
Ali and his PPP/C party had won but it took them five months before he was sworn in.
Two years on, Biden said: “We look forward to building upon our shared values to collectively address global challenges and achieve a prosperous future for all.
“Best wishes to the people of Guyana as you commemorate Mashramani,” Biden said.