The Guyana Defense Force Chief of Staff, Brigadier Godfrey Bess and the US Southern Command Commander, Admiral Craig S Faller, signed earlier this afternoon a Procurement and Cross-Service Agreement.
The Agreement will pave the way for the exchange of goods and services of equal value to support future bilateral defense cooperation.
The defense partnership between the two countries includes cooperation against regional threats and challenges, capacity building commitments, bilateral training, exchange of expertise, exercises, and participation in military education programs. During a visit by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in 2020, Guyana and the USA signed a Shiprider agreement that allows for maritime cooperation between the two countries.
The US military chief of Southern Command last visited the country in 2017, when Guyana became the first South American nation to host the Caribbean Nations Security Conference.