Georgetown, Guyana – (January 10, 2017) President David Granger was, today, paid a courtesy call by the Military Deputy Commander of the United States (US) Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), Lieutenant General Joseph DiSalvo at State House. He was accompanied by US Ambassador to Guyana Mr. Perry Holloway and a team from his organisation.
During the meeting, President Granger and General DiSalvo discussed regional security with reference to transnational crimes and the strengthening of regional security mechanisms. Guyana’s Head of State also used the opportunity to update the delegation on the Guyana-Venezuela border controversy and on the country’s ‘green’ state agenda.
President David Granger conversing with Military Deputy Commander of the United States (US) Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), Lieutenant General Joseph DiSalvo before their meeting at State House. Ambassador Perry Holloway and Minister of Natural Resources, Mr. Raphael Trotman and are left and second from left respectively.
Meanwhile, Lieutenant General DiSalvo said that with Guyana’s impending economic boom, as a result of the development of the petroleum industry will come with even more security-related challenges and assured the President of SOUTHCOM’s support, particularly as it relates to the formulation of a sustainable national security programme.
Minister of Natural Resources, Mr. Raphael Trotman and newly-appointed Chief of Staff of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), Brigadier Patrick West were also present at the meeting.
SOUTHCOM is a joint military command, which supports US national security objectives throughout the Western Hemisphere in cooperation with domestic and international partners, in order to foster security, ensure stability, and promote prosperity throughout Central and South America, the Caribbean and the global community.
President David Granger meeting with Military Deputy Commander of the United States (US) Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), Lieutenant General Joseph DiSalvo and Ambassador Perry Holloway with members of the delegation from SOUTHCOM at State House