Prime Minister Barrow Meets with President-elect Morales
Prime Minister of Belize Hon. Dean O. Barrow
today received President-elect of the Republic of Guatemala His Excellency Jimmy
Morales at the Prime Minister's Office in Belize City. President-elect Jimmy Morales
had indicated from as early as 6h November, 2015 to Belize’s Ambassador, H.E. Alexis
Rosado to Guatemala that he intended to pay a courtesy call on the Prime Minister as
part of a visit he is making to all Heads of State and Government of SICA member
countries and Mexico.
In a cordial atmosphere they both congratulated each other for their respective recent
victories at the polls. Prime Minister Barrow and President-elect Morales discussed the
bilateral relations between Belize and Guatemala, including a way forward in respect of
resolving our historical differences. They agreed to continue along the path set out in
the Framework Agreement and Confidence Building Measures of 2005 for expanding
functional cooperation between the two countries, and each committed to strengthen
the processes that already exist for good neighbourly relations so that the two countries
may continue to live in peace and as friends pending a legal resolution of the territorial
dispute. Both sides agreed to make a greater effort to enhance cooperation and
understanding at various levels, especially in areas of security, business, trade and
President-elect Morales extended a special and personal invitation to Prime Minister
Barrow to the presidential inauguration in January 2016 and Prime Minister expressed
that he has every intention on attending.
President-elect Jimmy Morales was accompanied by Guatemalan Foreign Minister, H.E.
Carlos Raul Morales; the President-elect’s Diplomatic Liaison Officer, Rodrigo
Colmenares; Guatemalan Ambassador in Belize, H.E. Estuardo Roldan; and Ms.
Sandra Hovel, Director of Integration. The Prime Minister was accompanied in the
meeting by CEO in the Prime Minister's Office, Audrey Wallace; CEO in the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Lawrence Sylvester; and Ambassador of Belize in
Guatemala, Alexis Rosado.