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PRESS RELEASE : UK Minister Lord Benyon to attend inauguration of Guatemalan President Arévalo [January 2024]

The press release issued by the Foreign Office on 11 January 2024.

British Minister Lord Richard Benyon will lead the United Kingdom’s delegation to the Presidential inauguration of His Excellency Bernardo Arévalo.

The delegation will participate in the inauguration ceremony and events, and meet with President Arévalo and his cabinet to reinforce the UK’s commitment to building a strong relationship with Guatemala.

Lord Benyon said:

It is an honour to represent the UK at the inauguration of President Arévalo, which represents an important victory for democratic values. The UK is committed to supporting the new administration in our shared objectives, including boosting trade, defending human rights and tackling climate change.

Lord Benyon is Minister of State at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). The UK’s Ambassador to Guatemala, Nick Whittingham, will join him in the delegation.

During his visit, Lord Benyon will also meet with civil society leaders, private sector representatives and members of congress.

As DEFRA Minister, Lord Benyon is working to tackle climate change at home and abroad. He will visit Petén to see the work of some of the Guatemalan projects funded by the UK’s £15m Biodiverse Landscapes Fund investment in Central America, and meet organisations working to protect biodiversity.