Visit from U.S. Admiral in Charge of U.S. Southern Command

As part of the U.S. continued commitment to Guyana and its security, U.S. Navy Adm. Craig Faller, commander of U.S. Southern Command, will visit Guyana January 11-13. He will meet with government and defense leaders and discuss the bilateral security partnership between the United States and Guyana.

During his stay, Adm. Faller is scheduled to meet with President Mohamed Irfaan Ali and Brigadier Godfrey Bess. The Admiral will also take part in the signing of an Acquisition and Cross Servicing Agreement between the two countries’ militaries, which will pave the way for the exchange of goods or services of equal value to support future bilateral defense cooperation.

The United States and Guyana have a longstanding history of security cooperation. The defense partnership between the two countries includes collaboration against regional threats and challenges, capacity-building engagements, bilateral training, expertise exchanges, exercises, and participation in military education programs. During the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit in 2020, the two countries signed a Shiprider agreement which allows for maritime cooperation between the two countries.

U.S. Southern Command’s top military leader last visited the country in 2017, when Guyana became the first South American nation to host the Caribbean Nations Security Conference.

The command is one of the Department of Defense’s six geographically-focused unified commands with responsibility for U.S. military operations in the Caribbean, Central America and South America, as well as security cooperation with defense and public-security forces in the region.

Additional information:

Biography, U.S. Navy Adm. Craig Faller, commander of U.S. Southern Command