Prime Minister Meets with US VP in Guatemala

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Updated: January 15, 2016

On Thursday, Jimmy Morales was sworn in as the President of Guatemala. Prime Minister Dean Barrow was among heads of government from the region and beyond who witnessed the peaceful transition of government. Prime Minister Dean Barrow has expressed his satisfaction with his attendance which he considers important for maintaining good neighbourly relations with Guatemala.  Apart from having received assurances in private of a commitment to friendship and cooperation between the two countries, the Prime Minister said he welcomed the remarks of President Morales who said in his inauguration speech quote, “We want to advance in the resolution of the territorial, maritime and insular dispute with Belize, our brothers and neighbour with whom we wish to develop a bilateral agenda of neighbourliness and cooperation.”   During his visit the Prime Minister met with several other dignitaries, including Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden.  As the Prime Minister indicated earlier this week, he intended to raise the subject of the correspondent banking issues facing Belize.  The Government of Belize is preparing for a high level visit headed by the Prime Minister to Washington D.C. later this month.  The Vice President was very interested in doing what he can to assist and support the efforts in getting to a resolution.