Georgetown, Guyana – (May 27, 2016) President David Granger, this morning, was paid a courtesy call by Assistant Secretary of State for Latin American and Caribbean Affairs, Ambassador Noemi Gomez, who is currently in Guyana for the 50th Independence Anniversary celebration as a representative of Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri.

Ambassador Gomez was accompanied to the Ministry of the Presidency by Argentina’s Ambassador to Guyana, His Excellency Luis Martino.

During their brief meeting, President Granger and the Ambassador discussed a number of issues, particularly as it relates to greater integration among countries in the South American Continent, election of a new United Nations Secretary General and Argentina’s claim of sovereignty over the Falkland Island.

The United Kingdom and Argentina both claim the Islas Malvinas or the Falkland Island, which Argentina believes it inherited from Spain in the 1800s. President Granger made reference to Guyana’s border controversy with neighbouring Venezuela and said that, “international disputes should not be settled forcefully otherwise the whole continent would be in chaos.”

The Ambassador spoke of Guyana’s critical role as the link between the Caribbean and South America and lauded the country active involvement in the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) and the Common Market of the South (MERCOSUR).

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