Posted: Friday, July 21, 2017. 1:41 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: H.E. Francisco Daniel Gutierez, Belize’s ambassador to the United States, presented his letters of credence to President Donald Trump at the White House, thus making him the 10th ambassador of Belize to the US.
In his remarks to President Trump, Ambassador Gutierez expressed heartfelt greetings from Prime Minister Dean Barrow and the Belizean people. He underscored the friendly, and long-standing bilateral relations existing between both countries.
Gutierez applauded the role of the United States in the preservation of peace and the respect for Belize’s borders given the unfounded Guatemalan claim. President Trump in his remarks underscored that a secure and stable Central America contributes to the safety and prosperity of the United States.
Gutierez also mentioned the loss of correspondent banking and dangers posed therein. He also reiterated that one of the center pieces of the US-Belize relationship is economic prosperity for both nations. He placed emphasis on the common goal shared in the fight against the threat of transnational organized crime, and Belize’s commitment to do its part to prevent the spread of this scourge.
Gutierez accentuated Belize’s desire for a continued and broad ranging partnership with the US – a partnership based on a common foundation of democracy, the free market and the aspiration of all our citizens for a better way of life.
Gutierez takes over from H.E. Patrick Andrews, who is now the new Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belize. He was accompanied by his wife.
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