Your Excellency, I am pleased to accept the Letters of Credence accrediting you as the High Commissioner of the Commonwealth of Australia to the Cooperative Republic of Guyana. I congratulate you on your appointment and welcome you to Guyana.
I ask that you convey to His Excellency David Hurley, Governor General of Australia, my best wishes for his personal wellbeing and for the prosperity of the people of Australia.
Guyana and Australia have enjoyed cordial relations since the establishment of diplomatic ties on May 14th, 1973.
Our relations are founded on the principles of 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 international peace and security.
Guyana is appreciative of the support it has received from the Government of Australia, particularly through the:
- Community and Economic Project: Empowering Indigenous Communities for Sustainable Development in Guyana; and
- The Direct Aid Program of Australia which provided critical assistance in improving water, sanitation and health in indigenous communities. This assistance continues to provide food security to over 36,000 Venezuelan migrants who have entered Guyana.
We have been deeply saddened, and I express sincere condolences on behalf of the Government and people of Guyana, for the loss of lives and destruction caused by continued bushfires in Southeast Australia.
Climate change threatens human habitation everywhere and our global efforts must be accelerated to mitigate its impact.
Guyana, itself, is a low-lying coastal state and is threatened by global warming and rising seas levels along its Atlantic Coast. Guyana, also, as part of the Guiana Shield, is aware of recent fires in the Amazon region of neighbouring Brazil.
These adverse and extreme environmental events highlight the need for immediate and decisive global responses to protect the environment and humanity.
Guyana and Australia share a common interest in the preservation and protection of the environment. We look forward to future collaboration as our states combat the adverse consequences of climate change.
Guyana is moving towards the establishment of a ‘green state’. The ‘Green State’ will see an increased emphasis on the protection of the environment, the preservation of its biodiversity, the promotion of the generation of energy from renewable sources and the adoption of practical measures to ensure climate adaptation.
Guyana will continue to strengthen relations with Australia and advance bilateral cooperation in the field of environmental protection and human development.
I assure you of the full support of my Government in the discharge of your duties as High Commissioner of the Commonwealth of Australia to the Cooperative Republic of Guyana.
I extend my best wishes to you as you fulfil your mandate.