The Organization of American States (OAS) says the new Permanent Representative of Belize to the hemispheric body, Daniel Gutierrez, has presented his credentials to the Secretary General, Luis Almagro.
At the ceremony, that took place at OAS headquarters in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Gutierrez spoke about the need to continue strengthening the OAS – to serve and respond to the needs of the people of the region.
“Belize is unflinching in its desire to contribute to the design of an OAS that withstands the test of time and galvanizes the support of our regional and hemispheric stakeholders,” he said.
“In our very own corner of the woods, in our very own corner of the Americas, the OAS has proven its relevance by providing a mechanism by which neighbors can deal with border disputes in a manner that is congruent with international law and order,” he said.
In welcoming the new Belizean ambassador, Almagro highlighted his broad experience.
“Ambassador Gutierez brings a rich experience to the OAS, for he has been a diplomat/government official, a business executive and an educator – all traits that will be beneficial to his new assignment as Belize’s Permanent Representative to the OAS,” Almagro said.
“I am confident that with his background and experience, Ambassador Gutierez will make a meaningful contribution to the work of the OAS,” he added. “We eagerly look forward to his participation in the debates in the councils of the organization,” he added.