OAS Delegation Visits Guatemala at President Giammattei’s Invitation

The mission was led by the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States Chair, Sir Ronald Sanders.

by Pamela Contreras

Guatemala City, by Brenda Larios -AGN- A delegation of the Organization of American States -OAS- is on an official visit to Guatemala in preparation for the presidential power transfer on January 14, 2024.

After the meeting with President Alejandro Giammattei, the Press Secretary of the Presidency, Kevin López stated, “We have just finished this meeting at the Presidential Office, which is an invitation made by the Government of Guatemala days before the session of the OAS Permanent Council.”

The OAS Permanent Council Chair, Sir Ronald Sanders, led the mission. The OAS Secretary General, Luis Almagro, and the organization’s representative in Guatemala, Diego Paz, also attended.

About the visit

The Chair of the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States commented on his visit to the country through his official social media channels, stating, “I welcome this positive news as I prepare to visit Guatemala, at the invitation of President Giammattei and in my capacity as Chair of the OAS’s Permanent Council.”

Before his visit, Sanders reported on the productive work at the OAS during his third term as Chair of the Permanent Council of this high international organization.

Support in Transition

The Press Secretary of the Presidency highlighted that Guatemala has had the OAS’s oversight since the beginning of the transition process. This process started on September 4 with a meeting between President Alejandro Giammattei and the elected team.

Secretary López said, “During the meeting, we reported on the transition process, which was orderly, systematized, and transparent, with more than 80 meetings between ministries and secretariats, as had never been done before in the country.”

The transition process has received international recognition. It can be implemented in other countries during a presidential transition.

The Secretariat of Planning and Programming of the Presidency, by order of the Guatemalan President, coordinated efforts to create the 2023–2024 Transition Process Methodology with the support of all government agencies and the teams designated by the elected government.

He stressed that throughout the transition process, the OAS supported the entire effort through the Secretary General, Luis Almagro, and with the accompaniment of Ambassador Diego Paz.

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