US Government Officials Visit Belize to Boost Economic Cooperation
A delegation of high-ranking US Government Officials is in Belize to discuss areas of mutual interest. The delegation arrived in the country yesterday and will meet with several key government officials within three days. The visit is geared toward strengthening the democratic relationship between countries through collaborative efforts to improve Belize’s economy. According to Minister of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Immigration, Eamon Courtenay, the visit is a sign of the government’s strong working relationship with the United States to promote shared values.
Eamon Courtenay, Senator for Government Business: “A very high level U.S. delegation arrived in the country yesterday for a series of meetings. We have representatives from the U.S. AID, we have from the Department of Defense, and we have from the Vice President’s office. As you know, the Vice President has primary responsibility in the Biden administration for the Caribbean. I think the delegation is about 12 people, if I’m not mistaken. They are here for meetings with the Prime Minister, Minister of Defense, Minister of Home Affairs, myself. They are meeting with the Belize Defense Force, Coast Guard, the National Security Directorate, Ministry of Immigration. The relationship between the United States and Belize is very strong and we are at a critical point in that relationship and we are looking forward to having very in-depth discussions on a number of critically important things that are affecting the country at this time on which we need the United States to deepen its cooperation. We are very happy that Ambassador Kwan has been able to assemble such a high level and big delegation to come here. It signifies to us that the message that we have been delivering and the work that she has been doing has reached the right ears and like Minister Rutley’s coming here, we now have a very high level American delegation that is here to talk on a range of critically important issues, sustainable development, national security issues details of which again we can’t go into here, but it’s a very important and timely visit.”