Guyana continues high-level engagements with top US officials


Foreign Secretary, Robert Persaud on Wednesday met the United States (US) Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Brian Nichols during an official visit to Washington.

A release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation noted that Mr. Persaud was joined by Guyana’s Ambassador to the US, Samuel Hinds.

The Foreign Secretary and the Assistant Secretary reportedly discussed current international issues that are a priority for the Government of Guyana. Those issues include food security, energy and climate change.

The release further noted that the talks focused on enhancing Guyana’s bilateral and regional relations as well as advancing the country’s foreign policy in keeping with the government’s agenda.

Persaud also highlighted the important role Guyana intends to play in the maintenance of international peace and security given its recent election as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.

These talks signal that Guyana is continuing high-level engagements with top US officials.

Just last week, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in Guyana for talks with the Irfaan Ali-led administration, a day after he met with Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders in Trinidad.

Before that, US Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) for Caribbean Affairs and Haiti, Barbara Feinstein visited Guyana and engaged Vice President Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo and other government and opposition officials.

And in March this year, a seven-member bipartisan US congressional delegation, led by Chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means, Jason Smith, visited Guyana for talks with the government, the opposition and officials from the US oil giant, ExxonMobil.

The Committee on Ways and Means is the oldest congressional committee and has the responsibility for raising the revenue required to finance the Federal Government. Smith also said this committee is responsible for trade.

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