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Posted: Monday, September 26, 2022. 2:13 pm CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Today, Prime Minister of Belize, John Briceno met with U.S. Secretary of State, Antony Blinken in Washington D.C.

“Belize is a strong partner for the United States on so many issues of mutual concern.  We are following up together on the very important meeting that President Biden and Vice President Harris had with CARICOM and the leaders of CARICOM at the Summit of the Americas, working on a strong agenda together on climate, on energy, on food security, on finance.  And I look forward to sharing some of the progress that we’ve made with the prime minister,” Blinken stated.

Blinken also extended congratulations to Belize on its Independence.

“We appreciate so much Belize’s strong voice on global issues, including, for example, on the Russian aggression against Ukraine, as well as its strong ties to Taiwan,” Blinken added.

PM Briceno responded by saying that the US and Belize enjoy close, strong, and warm relations over the past 41 years.

“And you are right that there are so many issues that both countries, we need to address.  The issue of climate change was – it’s almost, like, an existential threat for small countries like Belize that have a low-lying coastline, but it’s also affecting big countries like yourself, developed countries where in areas you have droughts and other areas you have excessive rains.  And it is something that has to be addressed by all of us, not by individuals.  And Belize continues to have a stellar record when it comes to the protection of its environment.  We have just signed an agreement with The Nature Conservancy, and we are going to protect 30 percent of our ocean space by 2026, four years ahead of schedule,” Briceno stated.

In addition, the Prime Minister mentioned other issues including migration, the war in Ukraine, and strengthening democracy in the region.

Regarding the war in Ukraine, PM Briceno said that Belize strongly condemns the actions of Russia.

 

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