Social media was buzzing today with reports that Jimmy Morales is to visit Belize within the next 24 hours. Original reports from Guatemala’s online newspaper “La Presna Libre” indicated earlier this week that Jimmy Morales is to make a diplomatic tour through Dominican Republic, Mexico and the Central American countries, but excluded Belize. However, credible reports this morning indicated that Morales is to arrive by road through the northern border within the next 24 hours. It was certainly strange that no announcement had been made of his visit- until at around 3:30 pm this evening the Government released this statement, saying and we quote,
The Office of the Prime Minister wishes to announce that Prime Minister Dean O. Barrow will be receiving President-elect of the Republic of Guatemala Mr. Jimmy Morales on Saturday 28th November 2015. H.E. Mr. Morales has this week been touring the region paying courtesy calls on all Heads of State and Government of SICA-member states and Mexico. It being a courtesy call, it is not expected that the meeting will delve into too much detail of our bilateral relations but the general public will be informed of the content of their discussions.”
Morales, as part of his campaign to be elected said that if he became the president of Guatemala he would take back Belize or a portion of Belize. Prime Minister Dean Barrow had told the media, in his response to Morales’ comments, that this was unhealthy for diplomatic relations.