Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the Honourable Hugh Todd, and Ambassador of the Republic of Chile to the Co-operative Republic of Guyana, His Excellency Patricio Becker, met on Friday September 4, 2020 to discuss the advancement of mutual relations and possible areas of interest.
In his congratulatory message to the Foreign Minister, Ambassador Becker shared that since the establishment of an Embassy in Georgetown in 2015, there had been an advancement in relations between the two countries.
The Ambassador also noted that Chile was working to expand scholarship opportunities for citizens of Guyana and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
According to the Ambassador, arrangements were also being made to continue to provide Spanish language classes for public servants through the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) despite the limitations caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Expressing his gratification that Chile had an established diplomatic presence in Guyana, Minister Todd noted that his Government recognized the importance of working with continental partners to advance economic development.
“Guyana is very focused on South-South cooperation,” he emphasized.
“We are excited because Chile is a stable economy and a champion for democracy, and we embrace those values. We can restart engagements, assess where we are, and rapidly advance for the mutual benefit of both countries,” stated the Foreign Minister.
Foreign Minister Todd and Ambassador Becker specifically discussed training, geoscience, agriculture, trade, and mining, among others, as areas for furthering cooperation between the two States.
Guyana and Chile established diplomatic relations on July 22, 1971.
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