Georgetown, Guyana – (August 19, 2015) – President David Granger today accredited the country’s first ever resident Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary from Chile to Guyana, Claudio Rachel Rojas at the Ministry of the Presidency, this morning. The new embassy is located at 66 Brummel Place, Stabroek Georgetown.

In presenting his Letters of Credence to the President, Ambassador Rojas said that the establishment of a permanent mission in Georgetown is testimony of his country’s commitment to the deepening of relations with Guyana and the movement to a new level of collaboration, on the basis common understanding and shared interests.

He explained that through the new embassy, the Government of Chile will be working with local agencies and civil society to look for opportunities for cooperation in areas such as education, mining, investment and trade, and capacity building.

He also noted that the countries can further strengthen alliances by working more closely within the framework of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), the sub-regional bloc Mercosur and CARICOM.

President Granger welcomed the new Ambassador and lauded the decision taken by Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet to establish an embassy in Guyana, which he described as a “tangible expression of the desire of the Government and people of Chile to deepen the bonds of friendship and cooperation between our two countries.”

The Guyanese Head of State said that both countries enjoy very cordial relations and have worked closely on matters of mutual concern on the regional and global agenda.

“The common positions we share on matters such as sustainable development, poverty alleviation, peace and security, respect for territorial integrity, the rule of law and the sanctity of treaties have provided a solid foundation for the friendly relations, which we enjoy… we have embarked on a process to take concrete measures aimed at revitalising and broadening our cooperation programme to the mutual benefit for our peoples,” President Granger said.

Guyana and Chile first established diplomatic relations in 1971.

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