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Mar 5, 2021

Belize and Guatemala Strengthen Diplomatic Relations

The inaugural meeting of foreign ministers Eamon Courtenay and Pedro Brolo Vila took place on Thursday morning at the O.A.S. Office in the Adjacency Zone.  For many years, Belize and Guatemala have had a strained relationship because of the enduring territorial dispute which is presently before the World Court.  With a change in government in both countries, efforts are being made to address mutual issues, including trade and immigration.


Eamon Courtenay

Eamon Courtenay, Minister of Foreign Affairs

“This is the first meeting between us as foreign ministers.  We are relatively new governments, both of us and we are trying to lay the foundation or continue building on what has happened in order to make Belize and Guatemala more friendly, more trade, more cultural, educational, immigration, and defense issues.  We’ve discussed a number of issues which are vitally important to both of us and, without talking out of turn because the Cabinet needs to be briefed, I can say that I believe that we have come to some understanding on important issues that are important for Belize and Guatemala.  So we look forward to the work of the commission…  We also agreed that the administrative commission which functions under the Partial Scope Agreement will also be reinvigorated.”

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