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    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo | Photo: Twitter / @SecPompeo

Published 12 September 2020
Opinion

The Secretary of State is reportedly expected to sign a number of agreements with President Irfaan Ali.

U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo is expected to visit Guyana next week according to Guyanese news outlets.

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Pompeo, who is expected to visit on September 17 and 18 will be the highest-ranking United States official to visit Guyana.

The Secretary of State is reportedly expected to sign a number of agreements with President Irfaan Ali.

In July, the State Department announced visa sanctions against former Government Ministers and officials of the APNU+AFC administration, supposedly over efforts to derail the results of the 2020 elections.

The Government of Guyana in April refused a request from the U.S. Government to relay Voice of America (VOA) radio broadcasts to Venezuela.

Former President David Granger in a comment to the media at the time, said the request was declined so as not to further destabilize relations between the two neighbors.

A letter from Guyana’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs addressed to Chief of Staff of Guyana’s Defense Force, Godfrey Best, requests a meeting to discuss security during the top diplomat’s two-day visit.

On August 31, Pompeo tweeted his congratulations to the new President nearly a month after the declaration was made on August 2, “Democracy ultimately prevailed in Guyana. The United States stands ready to work with our Guyanese neighbors after this historic transition.”

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