Haiti assumes chair of OAS permanent council

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WASHINGTON, USA – The permanent representative of Haiti Leon Charles warned of the dangers posed by the expansion of the coronavirus and called on governments in the hemisphere to face with open minds the challenges that the pandemic brings.

“In these difficult times, when COVID-19 represents an ever more serious threat for regional and global stability, the leaders of the region must show creativity and innovative spirit to contribute to the strengthening of health infrastructure,” said ambassador Charles.

For his part, the outgoing chair of the Council and Permanent Representative of Guyana, Riyad Insanally, recalled the challenges that the Organization faced during his term. “It was an honor and a privilege for Guyana to preside over the OAS permanent council during a particularly difficult period for our Organization and our Hemisphere. I wish all the best to the incoming chair,” said ambassador Insanally.

The permanent representative of Belize, Daniel Gutierrez, will serve as vice-chair of the Council.

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