The APNU+AFC government on Friday clarified that no new diplomatic appointments have been finalised other than that of Guyana’s Ambassador to Venezuela, Career Diplomat Cheryl Miles.
Responding to reports in sections of the media which named several outstanding Guyanese as being individuals tipped for diplomatic posting, State Minister Joseph Harmon offered clarifications.
He first noted that those appointments are usually made by the President following recommendations from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Harmon could not say whether recommendations in this regard were with President David Granger. He further explained that after those recommendations are considered by the President, it is then brought to Cabinet for another round of consideration before it is declared final.
“What I can say is that as far as Cabinet is concerned, no recommendations for diplomatic posting are before Cabinet,” he added.
In September, Harmon had said that notices have been served to all Guyanese diplomats, including High Commissioners, Ambassadors and Consul Generals in all embassies notifying them of their likely replacement.
Just after the May 11 elections and the installment of the new APNU+AFC government, Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greendige said that only Guyana’s Ambassador to Suriname, Keith George and the Permanent Representative to the United Nations, George Talbot are expected to be retained by the APNU+AFC administration. He also stated then that new envoys would to be appointed to the US, UK and Canada among other places.