The Minister of Tourism of the Saudi Arabian Tourism Development Fund Visited Guatemala

Guatemala is working with Saudi Arabia to improve trade opportunities between the two countries.

by Pamela Contreras

Guatemala City, by Kevin Castillo -AGN- The President of Guatemala received the visit of the Minister of Tourism of the Saudi Arabian Tourism Development Fund, Ahmed AI Khateeb.

The Guatemalan Minister of Foreign Affairs expressed, “They came to work with the Ministries of Economy and Finance to promote Saudi Arabia’s investment and development ties in Guatemala. We are the main exporter of cardamom to Saudi Arabia, and we will continue to work with them to strengthen these relations. Likewise, we want Saudi Arabia to become a hub for the export of our cardamom to other countries.” 

Likewise, Minister Búcaro added that Saudi Arabia’s support in major multilateral nominations is highly appreciated. He also indicated that a high-level visit of leading Saudi Arabian state-owned companies to continue these efforts with the companies is possible.

Cardamom in Guatemala

It is grown primarily in five departments, and its average production is 34 thousand metric tons. Its export represents 1.5% of the 15% of the agricultural gross domestic product.

Based on official reports, its production represents an economic base of about 350,000 people. There are plantations in the Huehuetenango, Alta Verapaz, Baja Verapaz, Izabal, and Quiché.

Bilateral Meetings

At the IX Summit of Heads of State of the Association of Caribbean States, held from May 5 to 12, President Giammattei held several bilateral meetings, including a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia, Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, which strengthened relations of friendship and cooperation.

Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud stated, “It is a pleasure and honor to be in Antigua Guatemala, this beautiful and historic city where we had an excellent meeting with the president, and I was able to express our interest in increasing the work between both countries.” 

Regarding history, Guatemala and Saudi Arabia began diplomatic relations on April 21, 2017. Since that date, both nations have created working strategies to enhance their development.

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