In an effort to push the ‘complementary’ and ‘not competitive’ nature of bilateral relations to a new level for India and Guatemala today agreed to support each other’s candidature for Non-Permanent Membership in the United Nations Security Council.
While, Guatemala will support India’s candidature for UNSC membership for 2021-22 while New Delhi will do so for 2031-32 for Guatemala.
The final decision was taken after several rounds talks Vice President of India M Venkaiah Naidu held with the President, Vice President and Parliament Speaker of Guatemala in the capital Guatemala City on May 7, 2018. Kick starting India’s high level outreach to the Latin American countries, Naidu held discussions on a wide range of issues spread over two overs with top leaders of Guatemala. Shri Naidu’s visit is highest level from either side since establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries in 1972.
Presenting the context of his first overseas visit as Vice President, Naidu told Guatemalan leaders that ‘India is keen about enhancing its engagement with Latin America and looks at Guatemala, the most populous and biggest economy in Central America , as the gateway. My visit to Guatemala is a clear indication of this thinking in New Delhi. Going by trade patterns and consumption needs, we are complementary in nature and not competitors and need to take our relation to a new high taking advantage of emerging opportunities in both countries for mutual benefit”.
Guatemalan President Shri Jimmy Morales said his country could benefit from the ‘successful economic story of India’, and stressed on the need for improving bilateral engagement in various fields.