By Marion Ali, Staff Reporter
Belize’ Ambassador to the United States (US), Patrick Andrews presented credentials to President Barack Obama on Thursday at the White House in Washington, D.C.
A press release from the government’s Press Office states that Ambassador Andrews, in his message to President Obama highlighted the cordial relationship that Belize and the US have; based on mutual respect and shared values. He expressed the need for a deepening of understanding and continued relations in a variety of areas of interest that Belize and other countries in the region share. Ambassador Andrews also expressed Belize’s commitment to its role as the link between Central America and the Caribbean.
President Obama, in his reply welcomed Ambassador Andrews to Washington and said, Belize and the US share a strong partnership based on our countries’ mutual commitment to strengthen democracy and regional security.
Prime Minister Dean Barrow appointed Ambassador Andrews to the post after his predecessor, Ambassador Nestor Mendez vacated the position to take up his new role as Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS).
Ambassador Andrews is Belize’s 7th Ambassador to the United States.