President David Granger on Thursday night praised the good relations between Guyana and the United Kingdom, while reminding that the relations between the two countries began in 1966 and were founded on five principles.
“Those are mutual non-interference in each other’s internal affairs; mutual respect for each other’s territorial integrity and sovereignty; cooperation for mutual benefit; respect for international law and treaties and the maintenance of international peace and security. Britain remains a strategic partner of Guyana”, President Granger said at the reception to celebrate the Queen’s Birthday. The reception was hosted by the British High Commissioner to Guyana.
According to the President, over the years, the United Kingdom has provided valuable assistance to Guyana in several fields including agriculture, governance, investment and law enforcement.
President Granger also noted the contributions of the United Kingdom in assisting with the reform of the judicial service, the public sector and the security sector.
He added that “Guyana iterates its appreciation to the United Kingdom for its unwavering support for our sovereignty and territorial integrity, for its generous debt relief and for the anticipated benefits under the United Kingdom Caribbean Infrastructure Fund. We are confident that the strong ties, which exist between our two states will be strengthened in the years ahead”.
President Granger said Guyana looks forward to continued collaboration with Britain for the protection of the environment, the promotion of security and the development of the economy through enhanced investment and trade between our two countries.
The British High Commissioner, Greg Quinn announced at the reception that his tour of duty to Guyana has been extended to next August. It was expected to come to an end this August.
He also spoke about the ties between Guyana and the United Kingdom over the years. The British High Commissioner said as Guyana moves towards the oil sector, the British Government will continue to offer support.
“Guyana is on the cusp of unparalleled wealth. We have worked here with our friends across a wide range of political, economic and cultural issues. What I would like to highlight however, is that in the last year, we have cemented the links between Aberdeen and the City of Georgetown. All of this is designed to help Georgetown learn from the good and the bad of dealing with oil and gas. We have also made links between the United Kingdom and Guyanese businesses not just in oil and gas, but retail, consumer goods, services and other skills and I look forward to heading a team from Guyana to Aberdeen in August,” the High Commissioner noted.
The Queen’s Birthday reception celebrated her 93rd Birthday. She is the longest serving British Monarch.