I am pleased to accept the Letters of Credence accrediting you as High Commissioner of the Republic of India to the Co-operative Republic of Guyana. I congratulate you on your appointment and welcome you to Guyana.
I ask that you convey to His Excellency Shri Ram Nath Kovind, President of the Republic of India, my best wishes for his personal well-being and for the continued progress and prosperity of the people of the Republic of India.
Guyana and India are bound together by ties of blood, history and common interests. Immigrants from India came to our country 181 years ago and their descendants, today, constitute a large proportion of our population.
India was among the first countries to establish diplomatic relations with Guyana after it became independent on the 26th May 1966. Our relations are founded on mutual respect for each other’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, mutual non-interference in each other’s internal affairs, cooperation for mutual benefit, respect for treaties and international law and the maintenance of regional peace and security.
Guyana and India have enjoyed excellent relations over the past 53 years. Our relations have been characterized by cooperation and collaboration in the fields of agriculture, culture, diplomacy, public health, public information, housing, information communication technology, infrastructural development, investment, renewable energy, sport, trade, training and water.
Our relations continue to be enhanced by high-level contacts between officials of both states. Guyana signed and ratified the Framework Agreement of the International Solar Alliance in January 2018. I reaffirmed our commitment to the ‘Alliance” during my attendance at the First Summit of the International Solar Alliance held in New Delhi in March 2018.
Guyana looks to continue its cooperation with India in pursuit of its goal of becoming a solar state – a key component of Guyana’s Green State Development Strategy.
The ‘Strategy’ - our road map towards becoming a ‘green state’ - emphasizes the protection of our environment, the preservation of our biodiversity, the promotion of renewable energy and the adoption of practical measures to guarantee climate adaptation.
Guyana looks forward to intensifying its cooperation with India during your tenure as High Commissioner.
I wish you every success during your tenure as High Commissioner of the Republic of India to the Co-operative Republic of Guyana. I assure you of the support of my Government in the discharge of your mandate.