India and South American nation Guatemala met virtually on Wednesday (May 5, 2021) for the second Foreign Office Consultations (FOC) where the focus was on deepening cooperation in sectors including Science and Technology, Agriculture, Space, energy, education, health and traditional medicine and tourism.
The two sides also discussed possible cooperation in — Defence & Security, International Solar Alliance (ISA) as well as cooperation with CAABI and being part of OSA (Organization of American States).
Confirming this, India’s ambassador to Guatemala BS Mubarak told Financial Express Online “Apart from other issues, the discussions also revolved around the Defence and Security sector. India has offered training for the Civil Police and briefed the Guatemalan delegation on the strengths of the Indian defence sector.”
“In the Space Sector, the Government of Guatemala has expressed interest in Resource Mapping; Forest Fire Management Training as well as Remote Sensing Training,” Mr Mubarak shared.
Besides expressing interest in ISA, the Central American nation has sought India’s help in Waste Water Management.
SICA — Partial Free Trade Agreement: The two sides have evinced interest in such an agreement. This agreement will be with the six Central American Nations under SICA. During the Presidency of Guatemala for SICA in the second half of the year, the proposed agreement would be discussed with member countries.
Guatemala has invited India to take part as an observer in the OAS General Assembly which will take place later this year in Guatemala, India’s envoy to Guatemala added.