Monday, February 26, 2024

Guyana announces investment in military equipment and weapons

Irfaan Ali, president of Guyana, announced this Thursday that he plans a restructuring of the Guyana Defense Force (GDF) and to make significant investments in military equipment focused on technology, assets, and collaboration in allied countries while disputing a territorial border with Venezuela.

“There is, in our assessment, some reorientation and reorganization of the way we do our work and carry out our tasks,” Ali said on Thursday at the opening of the 2024 Annual Officers Conference.

The decision of the Guyanese government increases tension in the relationship with Venezuela after the two governments committed to lowering the tone of the anger they had over the acquisition of the territory of Essequibo.

The Guyanese president acknowledged that the GDF’s transformation plan will include the reactivation of different levels of aid to the types of assets in which they invest, as well as structural changes.

“To whom much is given, much is required,” Ali added in reference to a passage from the Bible.

So, under the $201 million budget for the GDF, the agency hopes to acquire helicopters, maritime surveillance vessels, and at least one drone.

For his part, Jon Finer, one of the top foreign advisers to US President Joe Biden, who was in Guyana in early February, said the two countries are “deeply cooperating” to help the South American country preserve its borders.

In addition to the United States, France and the United Kingdom have also increased their defense cooperation with Guyana, which is in a territorial dispute with Venezuela in the Essequibo region.

Because of this, Ali assured that his country is not involved in an “arms war” with Venezuela, a country that he described as a “terrible neighbor to the west.”

Ali, in turn, acknowledged that although his government is committed to reforming the defense force, it does not intend to “fix our financial resources.”

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