India discusses oil, food security with Guyana in 4th round of foreign office consultations

New Delhi: India and Guyana held the fourth session of their foreign office consultations in Georgetown on Monday.

During the meeting, the delegation of India and Guyana discussed regional and international issues of mutual interest and cooperation in multilateral bodies, including CARICOM.

The Ministry of External Affairs in the press release noted that the interaction between India and Guyana provided an opportunity to review bilateral ties in various sectors, including political, trade and economic, oil and gas, food security, agriculture, health and pharmaceuticals, ICT, education, culture and climate change.

“The Indian side was led by Saurabh Kumar, Secretary (East), Ministry of External Affairs and the Guyanese side was led by Ambassador George Talbot, Director, Multilateral Affairs Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana,” the release said.

The two sides also exchanged views on regional and international issues of mutual interest, and cooperation in multilateral bodies.

“Secretary (East) called on Dr. Mohamed Irfaan Ali, President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana who was accompanied by Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo, Minister of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation Hugh Todd and Minister in the Ministry of Public Works Indar Deodat,” the ministry said.

President Ali said the two countries share not only common heritage but also common values. He emphasized the need to strengthen bilateral relations and highlighted that Guyana is poised for rapid growth and development.

The two sides discussed cooperation in a wide range of areas including oil and gas, infrastructure projects, defence cooperation, capacity building and Guyana’s requirement of skilled manpower.

Kumar informed President Ali about the arrangements related to the 17th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in which the latter would participate as the Chief Guest at the invitation of the Prime Minister of India.

During the visit, Saurabh Kumar, Secretary (East), Ministry of External Affairs, also met the Deputy Secretary General of the CARICOM Dr Armstrong Alexis in Georgetown. During the meeting, both sides welcomed the recent momentum in India-CARICOM relations and agreed to work towards further strengthening it.

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