Minister of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade, and Immigration, Senator Eamon Courtenay, and Honduras’s Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Lisandro Rosales Banegas held a bilateral meeting on Thursday. The meeting, which was held as part of Secretary Rosales’s visit, was aimed at strengthening fraternal and cordial bilateral relations and cooperation in various areas including agriculture, food security, and migration. Minister Courtenay delivered remarks at the event, speaking on the importance of the two countries’ relationship.
Eamon Courtenay, Foreign Minister of Belize: “We have many opportunities in front of us as members of SICA, as members of Central America and as countries in the Americas and I think today we should spend some time to see how we can deepen our relations and advance our prospects for trade, for cooperation on many fronts and also to discuss some of the challenges that we face as Central American countries and developing countries and to see where we can collaborate and share similar positions both regionally and on the international scene. The presence of the delegation today is historic. It is the first time that there is a bilateral meeting between the two foreign ministries and for us that is a clear signal of your commitment to the relationship between our two countries and we value it and we would like to salute you for initiating this dialogue.”
Other areas of cooperation that were discussed included the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, tourism, air transport and services as well as the call for the operationalization of the Permanent Forum on People of African Descent. Secretary Rosales also added that collaborative efforts must also continue on the COVID-19 front.
Minister Courtenay also briefed Secretary Rosales on Belize’s preparation for COP26. Also, they both signed an MOU for the Establishment of a Mechanism for Bilateral Political Consultation, a forum for coordination and bilateral negotiations. Minister Courtenay also handed over to Secretary Rosales the title for a parcel of land for the construction of the permanent location of the Embassy of Honduras in Belize. This land is located on Embassy Square in Belmopan, near the Embassy of Mexico and British High Commission. Belize and the Republic of Honduras established diplomatic relations on September 21, 1982.