In a significant diplomatic engagement, President Droupadi Murmu of India and Guyana’s Prime Minister Mark Phillips convened at Rashtrapati Bhavan, emphasizing the deep-rooted bonds between the two nations. Despite the geographical distance, India and Guyana share a colonial past, multicultural societies, and cultural ties, thanks to a substantial Indian diaspora in Guyana, established nearly two centuries ago.
Seeking Stronger Bilateral Ties
In her welcoming address, President Murmu underscored the necessity to diversify bilateral trade between the two nations. She noted potential fields of cooperation, including Ayurveda, bio-fuels, and agriculture, with a specific focus on millets. Murmu asserted that by enhancing collaboration in these areas, India and Guyana could jointly address the global challenges of climate change and food insecurity.
Meeting of Minds
Also present at the event was External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, who held discussions with Prime Minister Phillips on partnerships in economy, energy, security, and development cooperation. The leaders exchanged views on the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the United Nations (UN), emphasizing the need for the visit to further solidify the multifaceted relationship between India and Guyana.
Joint Working Groups and Defense Collaboration
The leaders’ discussions also led to the establishment of eight Joint Working Groups in key areas including agriculture, health, infrastructure, energy, Ayurveda, technology innovation, defense, and human resources. Guyana expressed interest in procuring defense capabilities from India to safeguard its maritime boundaries and its burgeoning oil and gas industry.
Shared Global Perspectives
Both leaders reiterated their shared perspectives on global challenges, expressing a commitment to addressing issues such as climate change and food insecurity. President Murmu praised Guyana’s efforts in climate change mitigation, green energy, and sustainable development, expressing solidarity with Guyana as leading members of the Global South.
The meeting symbolizes a commitment to strengthening ties and fostering deeper collaboration, signifying a promising future for Indo-Guyana relations.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn