President Alejandro Giammattei, during a telephone conversation with Volodymyr Zelenskyy, reiterated Guatemala’s diplomatic support and efforts in international forums for peace and the immediate cease-fire in Ukraine, which has been facing a Russian invasion for the past sixteen months.
President Zelenskyy underscored the historic development of relations between Ukraine and Guatemala and praised the leadership of President Giammattei, the only Latin American president who has visited Ukraine to promote peace and bring the international community’s interest in the difficult living conditions of the Ukrainian people as a result of the war.
In this regard, he highlighted the Guatemalan Government’s position, which promotes actions at the Organization of American States -OAS- to address the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine caused by the war and to facilitate dialogue for peace, as well as a statement of the organization against the Russian invasion.
President Giammattei mentioned a request made to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Karim Khan, to establish a tribunal to investigate possible war crimes committed in Ukraine.
He also recognized Guatemala’s support for the peace initiative proposed by Ukraine as a route to a cease-fire and the withdrawal from its territories.
President Giammattei emphasized his support for this initiative and highlighted his commitment to promoting it among other countries, especially before the Organization of the United Nations.
President Zelenskyy thanked President Giammattei for his support in promoting the defense of Ukraine’s cause at the Third Summit of Heads of State and Government of the European Union.
During the phone conversation, he emphasized the good relationship between both countries and Guatemala’s support and diplomatic backing for Ukraine. Particularly noteworthy was the ongoing progress towards’ the possibility of a trade agreement between Guatemala and Ukraine.
Furthermore, President Zelenskyy congratulated Guatemala on its electoral process, which will conclude on August 20th after the second round of presidential elections.