Your Excellency, I am pleased to accept the Letters of Credence accrediting you as Ambassador of the Republic of Kosovo to the Co-operative Republic of Guyana.

I congratulate you on your appointment and welcome you to Guyana. I ask that you convey to His Excellency Hashim Thaçi my best wishes for his personal well-being and for the continued progress and prosperity of the people of the Republic of Kosovo.

Excellency, as you’ve said Guyana and Kosovo, though separated by more than 8,000 km, have enjoyed cordial relations since the establishment of diplomatic ties on the 13th June 2013. Our relations are founded on the bases of mutual respect for each other’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, mutual non-interference in each other’s internal affairs, cooperation for mutual benefit, respect for treaties and international law and the maintenance of regional peace and security.

Excellency, our countries share a common interest in the peaceful settlement of disputes and in ensuring respect for settled territorial and maritime boundaries. Guyana expresses its appreciation for Kosovo’s support for respect of our territorial integrity and sovereignty.

Guyana, like Kosovo, is rich in bauxite reserves. We welcome the opportunity for cooperation with Kosovo in the fields of mining and in the sustainable exploitation of natural resources.

Guyana is moving towards the establishment of a ‘green state’. The ‘green state’ will place emphasis on the protection of our environment, the preservation of our biodiversity and the promotion of renewable energy and practical measures to ensure climate adaptation.

Guyana notes the efforts being made by the Republic of Kosovo to increase access to finance for micro-, small and medium enterprises. We view this as a field in which our two states could exchange experiences as we strengthen our bilateral relations.

Excellency, I assure you of the full support of my Government in the discharge of your duties. I wish you every success in fulfilling your mandate.

I thank you.

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