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Guatemalan President Joins Regional Leaders for the CARICOM-SICA Summit

Guatemalan President, Alejandro Giammattei was in Belize for a couple of hours today. Giammattei and his delegation arrived in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye for the CARICOM-SICA Summit hosted by Belize. With both CARICOM and SICA leaders coming together, interest to collaborate on common interests was expressed by both sides. As a result, the countries adopted the Joint Declaration of San Pedro with commitments to strengthen cooperation. Interestingly, one of those countries is Guatemala. Love News Senior Reporter, Hipolito Novelo has been covering the three-day event and today, he got an exclusive comment from Guatemalan President Giammattei.

Alejandro Giammattei, President of Guatemala: “We adhered to the Declaration of San Pedro and the Action Plan to unite the countries of Central America with CARICOM and to work together in a unified front to achieve for example, to have one voice against climate change and demand for industrialised countries to recognise the damages they are doing to our countries.”

As a side note, it is interesting to note that the Guatemalan President was able to land directly on Ambergris Caye without immigration clearance. It wasn’t until the time of departure that the matter was addressed with immigration officials at the Philip Goldson International Airport. As it relates to the Belize Guatemala matter, we can tell you that earlier this week at the two-day CARICOM Summit the matter of Belize and Guatemala relations including Guatemala’s unfounded claim on Belize was discussed. Prime Minister Briceno explained that Belize will be submitting its counter-memorial by June 2022. At the meeting, CARICOM Heads reiterated the importance of Belize, Guatemala and the OAS to continue implementing the existing Confidence Building Measures. CARICOM also reiterated their call for both countries and the OAS to finally fulfil their commitment to design a mechanism of co-operation for the Sarstoon River. Important to note was that CARICOM leaders continue to support Belize’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, and security.