On 15 April 2019, Andris Pelšs, the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, met with the next non-resident Ambassador of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana in Latvia, Frederick Hamley Case, who had arrived in Riga for a two-day accreditation visit.
During the meeting, the options for developing bilateral cooperation between the countries and for closer coordination of positions within international organisations were discussed, as well as an exchange of views on the issue of the Venezuela crisis took place. In the field of bilateral relations, the officials acknowledged that cooperation in forest management is a perspective, and the transfer of Latvian experience to Guyana specialists should be encouraged in the future. Guyana is one of the greenest countries in the world – 70% of its territory is forested.
The State Secretary and Frederick Hamley Case discussed the political, humanitarian and economic crisis in Venezuela. The negotiating partners shared the view that there is a need to re-establish democracy, the rule of law and ensure that internationally recognised presidential elections are organised in Venezuela as soon as possible.
During the meeting, the State Secretary stressed that relations between the European Union and Guyana are good. In Latvia's view, it is important to continue the regular political dialogue that takes place in the context of the Cotonou Agreement, promoting political and economic cooperation.
On April 16, the Ambassador of Guyana will hand out letters of credence to the President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis, as well as meet with Inese Lībiņa-Egnere, the Deputy Speaker of the Saeima.
The Ambassador of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana, Frederick Hamley Case, resides in London, United Kingdom.
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