While the Guyana Government has not been offering details of the visit to Guyana by the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, a senior US State Department official today confirmed that the crisis in neighbouring Venezuela will form part of Mr. Pompeo’s discussions with the President and Foreign Minister of Guyana.
During a teleconference briefing today, it was revealed that the US Secretary of State while in Guyana will discuss the impact of the crisis in Venezuela on Guyana.
The official said the Venezuelan situation is the hemisphere’s largest refugee and humanitarian crisis.
In addition to those discussions, it was also revealed that the United States and Guyana will exchange diplomatic notes for joint maritime patrols to interdict narcotics and that step will help provide security for Guyanese and American people.
The Secretary will also sign a Growth in the Americas memorandum of understanding during his visit. That MOU will permit Guyana to improve its investment enabling environment so that the country can benefit from transparent infrastructure investment that respects Guyana’s sovereignty, the State Department official said.
Issues related to Guyana’s natural resources are also to be discussed.
The Secretary of State will be meeting on Friday with the CARICOM Secretary-General Irwin LaRoque to discuss U.S.-Caribbean issues.
The State Department official today said the Secretary will thank CARICOM for its essential role in supporting Guyana’s democratic process as its electoral count dispute played out.
The US Secretary of State will be arriving in Guyana on Thursday from Suriname and will leave on Friday for neighbour Brazil. It will be the first time that a US Secretary of State will be visiting Guyana since the country gained its independence.