22 December 201716:53

Russian Ambassador H.E. Nikolay Smirnov's farewell courtesy call on H.E. David Granger, President of Guyana, December 13, 2017

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The outgoing Russian Ambassador H.E. Nikolay Smirnov paid a farewell courtesy call on H.E. David Granger, President of Guyana. The Ambassador lauded the Government of Guyana that was always very cooperative and willing to lend its support to the Embassy and his country, noting the solid foundation for enhanced bilateral relationship that was laid over the years.

During their discussions that took place on Wednesday, President David Granger pointed out the fruitful work that brought about new solid arrangements between the countries and facilitated people-to-people contacts now that both countries enjoy visa-free regime. He also expressed hope for Russia’s support in Guyana’s endeavor to promote the green development agenda.

The Ambassador, in turn, emphasized the potential of trade and economic ties between the two states. He noted with satisfaction that the Treaty on Basic Relations that was signed between Russia and Guyana in 2016 and entered into force in May 2017 would generate new opportunities for what is already a strong bilateral relationship. Nikolay Smirnov also mentioned the latest achievements that would have been impossible without commitment from both sides. 

In October 2017, the second meeting of the Joint Working Group on Mining and Geology was held in Georgetown. It focused on a range of issues pertaining to mineral resources, subsoil management, information exchange and environmental management.

He lauded stronger parliamentary ties between both countries, citing the latest visit of the Guyanese parliamentary delegation headed by the Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo and the Speaker of the National Assembly Dr. Barton Scotland to take part in the 137th IPU Assembly held in St. Petersburg.

In addition to the Visa Waiver Agreement signed in 2015, in November 2017 Russia and Guyana finalized the Amendment to the Agreement on the waiver of visa requirements for the holders of diplomatic and service (official) passports of 2005. The holders of Guyanese service passports no longer require visa to enter Russia.

In 2017, Guyanese nationals were admitted to Russian universities to pursue degrees in Economics and Oil&Gas. At the same time, short- and long-term training courses were provided to Guyanese diplomats and law enforcement officers.

The Government of the Russian Federation looks forward to signing the Agreement on Cooperation between the Ministry of the Interior of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Public Security of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana that will pave the way for joint action in fighting drug trafficking and other serious crimes that have plagued the Caribbean.

The diplomatic relations between Russia and Guyana were established on December 17, 1970.

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