Belize has a new Ambassador to the USA. He is the former Ambassador to Caricom, Daniel Gutierez. Yesterday he presented his Letters of Credence to US President Donald Trump.

Gutierez becomes the tenth Ambassador of Belize to the USA and - according to an official release - in his remarks to President Trump, quote, "he expressed heartfelt greetings from the Prime Minister Dean Barrow and the Belizean people. He underscored the friendly, and long-standing bilateral relations existing between both countries." End quote.

The statement says he also applauded the "United States in the respect for Belize's borders given the unfounded Guatemalan claim.

In his remarks, President Trump underscored that a secure and stable Central America contributes to the safety and prosperity of the United States.

The release entrees that Ambassador Gutierez also mentioned the loss of correspondent banking.

Gutierez takes over from Pat Andrews - who only had a short sting before returning to Belize as the new CEO in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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