By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter
Patrick Andrews presented his credentials on Friday as the Permanent Representative of Belize to the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, D.C.
Andrews, who was selected for the post in May, presented the credentials to Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the OAS. He was accompanied by Alternate Representative of Belize to the OAS and Charge of Affaires ad interim to the USA, Ardelle Lisette Sabido.
At the presentation Almagro emphasized the good relations with Belize and expressed warm wishes and congratulations on Ambassador Andrews’ new post.
Ambassador Andrews will now officially begin his tenure as the 6th Belizean Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Belize to the OAS. He was chosen for the post by Prime Minister Dean Barrow on the advice of Cabinet.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington, vouched for Andrew’s ability to properly represent Belize, because of his articulate speech and command of the Spanish language. Elrington also underscored that Andrew’s has a stellar reputation as a career banker.
Andrews succeeds Nestor Mendez, following Belize’s historic election to the office of Assistant Secretary General of the OAS – the first Belizean to do so. Mendez is the first Belizean to ever serve in that capacity.