Threats against US’ interests getting “required seriousness” from Guyana Govt – VP

In light of the United States Embassy in Georgetown heightening its security after receiving threats against its interests, Vice President Dr Bharrat Jagdeo has affirmed that the matter is being treated seriously at the national level.
On Wednesday, the US Embassy issued a security alert on its website, stating, “Out of an abundance of caution, we want to inform US citizens that the embassy has increased security protocols due to receiving threats against U.S. interests.”
Asked about the issue on Thursday during a press conference, Vice President Dr Bharrat Jagdeo indicated that this is a serious matter, and it is getting the necessary attention from both the Guyana and US Governments.
“It is a serious matter, and we’re giving it all of our attention. It’s getting the required seriousness in response from the State apparatus [in Guyana] as well as the US Government,” Jagdeo told reporters. The Vice President, when pressed, opted not to divulge any further information about the nature of the threats.
In fact, the same response was given by Public Affairs Officer at the US Embassy, Kelly McCray, who related to Guyana Times on Wednesday that she cannot disclose any additional details. However, she did inform that “We are working with local authorities to monitor the situation.”
Meanwhile, in addition to tightening security, the US Embassy is urging its citizens in Guyana to “stay alert” and “exercise heightened caution.”
Previously, the US Embassy in Georgetown has issued security alerts, advising its citizens here to avoid specific public spaces like the Stabroek Market area, and during certain events, such as planned protest actions.
Travel advisories had also been issued in the past, warning US citizens to avoid travelling to Guyana during periods like election season, or when the country is experiencing high crime rates. (G8)