Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, who is in Guatemala as part of his three-nation tour, held extensive talks with the country’s top leadership in Guatemala City late Monday. The Vice President met Guatemala’s President Jimmy Morales Vice President Jafeth Cabrera Franco.
One of the key outcomes of the meeting was that both countries agreed to support each other for non-permanent membership of UNSC. It was agreed that Guatemala will support India’s candidature for UNSC membership for 2021-22 while New Delhi will do so for 2031-32 for Guatemala.
Apart from that, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for expanding cooperation in the area of diplomatic training was also signed. The two nations also agreed to support each other on economic cooperation and batted for strong ties among its citizens.
Vice President of Guatemala, the singing of two MoUs between India and Guatemala in the area of Diplomatic coordination and Training, after bilateral discussions, in Guatemala
India and Guatemala agreed to extend cooperation in the fields of pharma, generic medicines, automobiles and solar energy.
Both countries strongly condemned all forms of terrorism and decided to work together to combat the menace of terror at international level.
Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu and his Guatemalan counterpart Dr. Jafeth Ernesto Cabrera Franco witnessed the signing of the MoU after the delegation-level talks.
During the talks, Vice President Naidu invited Guatemala to join the solar alliance, saying India was ready to provide all the technical support required for the same.
India has also agreed to help Guatemala install solar panels in two of its cities. The Vice President also called for a better economic cooperation between the two nations saying Guatemala must allow Indian companies to explore business opportunities. He conveyed that India has accepted the proposal for organising a special course for Guatemalan English Teachers in India under Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation.
“There is a tremendous scope for intensifying our trade and investment partnership in the pharmaceutical, automobile, textile and apparel, IT, infrastructural-building and port development sectors. Guatemala can take advantage of our internationally recognized Indian companies, with proven expertise in IT and ITES to explore business opportunities,” said the Vice President.
The Guatemalan Vice President hosted a lunch in honour of Vice President Naidu.
Later the Vice President met the President of the Congress of Republic of Guatemala – Alvaro Arzu Escobar along with the Mos Tribal Affairs and a multi-party parliamentary delegation accompanying him. Both leaders held discussions on the issues concerning parliamentary systems and expressed interest to constitute Parliamentary Friendship Group for greater understanding of parliamentary mechanisms.
This is Vice President’s first foreign visit after assuming office. He will next head to Panama and Peru as part of his three-nation tour.