President David Granger, on Wednesday, arrived at the Juscelino Kubitschek International Airport in Brasilia, Brazil at the invitation of Michel Temer, President of the Federative Republic of Brazil.
During the visit, Granger will have a bilateral meeting with President Temer, deliver a speech on ‘Continental Security Cooperation in South America’ at the Ministry of External Affairs, and attend the 51st Summit of the Heads of State of MERCOSUR and Associated States at the Itamaraty Palace, Brasilia.
According to a release from the Department of Public Information (DPI) several preparatory meetings were held from December 18, for the summit of Presidents of MERCOSUR, which has been described as one of the most important events of the year of the bloc.
The last conference was held in 2015, where President Granger attended and presented on behalf of Guyana. There, the Head of State assured that Guyana is an asset to the bloc and assured that Guyana remains committed to pursuing its continental destiny as an active member.
Following his attendance at MERCOSUR, Granger is expected to make an official state visit to Brazil’s President. The meeting stems from discussions held last month between President Granger and Brazil’s Ambassador to Guyana Lineu Pupo de Paula.
Discussions between the neighbouring Heads of State are likely to include deepening cooperation between Guyana and Brazil’s military and the continuation of the work of the Guyana-Brazil Joint Technical Working Group, which was established to identify and implement key developmental projects between the two countries.
Also accompanying the Head of State is Minister of Foreign Affairs Carl Greenidge, Minister of Natural Resources Raphael Trotman and Minister of Public Infrastructure David Patterson.