President Irfaan Ali has agreed to a proposed meeting with Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro set to take place next Thursday in St. Vincent & the Grenadines, facilitated by the Prime Minister of St. Vincent Ralph Gonsalves and observed by Brazil, CARICOM, and a UN Under-Secretary-General.
President Ali reiterated Guyana’s firm stance that its land boundary, currently under the International Court of Justice (ICJ) jurisdiction, will not be open for discussion in bilateral talks.
Emphasizing this point, he affirmed that the ICJ’s ruling, once adjudicated, will be fully respected by Guyana. Despite this, Ali remains committed to engaging bilateral partners on various fronts, including defense cooperation pacts and ongoing socio-economic arrangements.
Asserting Guyana’s dedication to its development agenda, President Ali assured that existing arrangements with development partners and investors will remain unchanged. He underscored the country’s commitment to international peace, and security, and fostering amicable relations with neighboring nations.
President Ali stressed the country’s dedication to maintaining the region as a Zone of Peace by reaffirming Guyana’s unwavering commitment to the ICJ process in resolving the border controversy.