GEORGETOWN, Guyana, (DPI) – His Excellency Dr Irfaan Ali, president of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana, on Thursday, met His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, minister of foreign affairs of the United Arab Emirates, to advance closer relations between the two countries and to discuss key areas of technical cooperation.
Among the areas discussed were food security, climate change, the environment, technology and infrastructure and revising the visa policy for both countries.
In his remarks, president Ali expressed gratitude to the Sheikh and Her Excellency Reem Ebrahim Al-Hashimy, the minister of international cooperation and managing director for Expo2020 Dubai.
Guyana’s senior minister within the office of the president with responsibility for finance, Dr Ashni Singh, non-resident ambassador of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to Guyana, Saleh Ahmad Salem Alzaraim Alsuwaidi and ambassador and presidential assistant and personal envoy to Greece, the Middle East and Africa, George Hallaq accompanied president Ali.
“We came with a clear intention to extend the foundation of the relationship that we want to grow and expand for the betterment of both the UAE and Guyana,” president Ali said. He explained that since arriving in Dubai, the delegation has engaged in discussions with many agencies, including the Abu Dhabi Ports.
The president noted that the visit has already proven successful as several additional engagements have been planned in the coming months to advance discussions in technical cooperation in a number of areas. During the discussions, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan assured the Guyanese president of the UAE’s support to strengthen bilateral relations.
MOU between UAE – Guyana
The two countries also committed to setting a tangible results-based agenda moving forward.
Immediately following the discussions, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was inked to advance closer technical cooperation between the UAE and Guyana. This was signed by minister Singh and minister Reem Al-Hashimy at the UAE Pavilion at the Expo.
Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan was appointed minister of foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates on February 9, 2006.
The ministry’s role focuses on maintaining clear political positions that support the UAE’s relationships with its regional and international partners while promoting the UAE as a regional leader in different fields. Also, as foreign minister, he focuses on establishing specialised diplomatic capabilities and encouraging political talents to address international concerns and provide distinct consular and other services in looking after UAE nationals and the issues they may face during their travels.
Guyana’s ambassador to Qatar
Meanwhile, His Excellency Safraaz Ahmad Shadood, Guyana’s ambassador to Qatar has presented his Letter of Credence to His Excellency Dr Ahmed bin Hassan Al Hammadi, secretary-general of the ministry of foreign affairs of Qatar.
Ambassador Shadood is a career diplomat, with over 12 years in the foreign service and most recently served as Chargé d’affaires at the Embassy of Guyana in Kuwait.
The secretary-general of the ministry of foreign affairs of Qatar wished ambassador Shadood success in performing his duties and assured the government of Qatar’s support towards the advancement of bilateral relations and cooperation with the government of Guyana.