A new Non-resident Ambassador of Japan to Guyana, Mr. Mitsuhiko Okada was, earlier today, accredited by President David Granger at the Ministry of the Presidency, committing in the process to stronger relations between the two countries.
Presenting his Letters of Credence to President Granger, in the presence of Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, who is acting Minister of Foreign Affairs for Minister Carl Greenidge, who is out of the country and Director General (ag) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ms. Deborah Yaw, the newly accredited Ambassador said that his country has always had strong ties with Guyana and he expects that this will continue to grow and deepen in the coming years.
“Japan and Guyana are global partners and share common interests and common challenges. Based on a state of mutual partnerships, Japan and Guyana have maintained bilateral relations in areas of fisheries, utility, and grassroots human exchange,” he said.
He noted that Japan has extended support and aid to the Caribbean countries and by extension, Guyana in the area of disaster risk management.
President Granger in accepting the Letters of Credence said that while Guyana and the State Japan are separated by 24,000 km of sea, the two countries remain united by relations cemented over a period of forty-six years.
He noted that Guyana remains committed to pursuing the economic and social development of its people in an atmosphere of peace and stability and out rightly rejects the use of force and violence between and among countries.
Ambassador Okada will replace former Ambassador Yoshimasa Tezuka, who served from 2012.