A moment of the meeting. / Photo: SEGIB
The Diplomat. 26/11/2017
The Ibero-American Secretary General, Rebeca Grynspan, has been received by the President of Guatemala, Jimmy Morales, as part of the preparations for the next Ibero-American Summit, to be held within a year in this Central American country.
The XXVI Ibero-American Summit of Heads of State and Government – whose motto will be A prosperous, inclusive and sustainable Ibero-America – will take place on November 15 and 16, 2018 in La Antigua, Guatemala, the country that assumed the Pro Tempore Secretariat of the Ibero-American Summit in November 2016, at the end of the previous Cartagena conference (Colombia).
The visit of Grynspan, which took place last Tuesday, is framed precisely in the activities programmed by the Secretariat Pro Tempore of the summit, which include the organization of meetings, forums and meetings and the promotion of actions around projects and programs in the scope of Ibero-American cooperation.
During the meeting, President Morales expressed his emotion for being the “first experience of Guatemala as host of the Ibero-American Summit”, while Grynspan highlighted that the celebration of the summit in Guatemala “highlights the livelihood that small and medians give the Ibero-American community” as “a place of encounter and dialogue”.
The general secretary highlights the “sustenance of small and medium-sized countries” to the Ibero-American community
The meeting was also attended by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala, Sandra Jovel, and the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and current national coordinator of Guatemala before the Ibero-American Conference, Estuardo Roldán.
According to the minister, “the commitment of Guatemala with the efforts emanating from this Forum will be evident throughout this biennium”, as is clear with the forthcoming celebration of the first Meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Ibero-American Conference, which will take place on next December 7 in La Antigua and in which “will be demonstrated the will not only of Guatemala, but of the region as a whole, so that ultimately no one is left behind”.