Guyana and Venezuelan Foreign Ministers to meet in Brazil on Thursday

Guyana and Venezuelan Foreign Ministers to meet in Brazil on Thursday

The Foreign Ministers of Guyana and Venezuela will meet in Brasilia, Brazil on Thursday as a follow up to the meeting that took place back in December between President Irfaan Ali and Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro.

The meeting is in keeping with the Argyle Declaration that was reached at the St. Vincent and the Grenadines meeting between the two Presidents. It will see the setting up of a Joint Ministerial Commission to address agreed issues.

In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Guyana remains fully committed to the principles of the Argyle Declaration, especially to ensure the peace of the region.

Guyana’s Foreign Minister Hugh Todd will be joined by Foreign Secretary Robert Persaud, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Elizabeth Harper, recently appointed Ambassador to Venezuela, Dr. Richard Van West-Charles, Director of Frontiers, Donnette Streete and the Chargé d’ Affaires at the Guyana Embassy in Brazil, Vernon Robinson.

In the Joint Argyle Declaration, Guyana and Venezuela agreed to continue dialogue on agreed matters, and to refrain from escalating any conflict or disagreement.

The Declaration also noted Guyana’s position that the border case is properly before the International Court of Justice and that is where it will remain for a final settlement, while the Declaration also noted Venezuela’s rejection of the Court to adjudicate the matter.

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