Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Guatemala)

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala
— MINEX —
Coat of arms of Guatemala.svg
Agency overview
FormedDecember 27, 1944; 74 years ago (1944-12-27)
HeadquartersMinisterio de Relaciones Exteriores
2da avenida 4-17 zona 10
Guatemala City, Guatemala
14°36′34″N 90°30′49″W / 14.60944°N 90.51361°W / 14.60944; -90.51361
Agency executive
WebsiteMINEX

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala is the executive office in charge of conducting the international relations of the country. This ministry can give the Guatemalan nationality, enforces the immigration laws of the country, preserves the national limits and boundaries, negotiates international treaties and agreements with other countries and preserves the copies of the ones signed by Guatemala. It is appointed by law to preserve the national interests overseas and to be part of the National Security System.

Background and History[edit]

Starting in the 19th century, right after independence from Spain was signed, the public administration was slowly organized. There was a first stage when Guatemala was a part of the United Provinces of Central America, and a second stage starting in 1847, when Guatemala became an independent, free and sovereign republic to administer its own public affairs. Through that time, the different executive offices were organized as "secretariats", following the Spanish nomenclature. This terminology included the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs, which kept its name until after the Revolution of 1944. Decree #47, passed by the Revolutionary Joint on December 27, 1944, still used this category. However, when the new Constitution came into force on March 15, 1945, the Constitutional system created the Ministries of State. For that reason, Congress passed a bill for the organization of the Executive Branch, which first spoke of a Foreign Affairs Ministry, on April 25, 1945.[1]

Foreign Affairs[edit]

Currently, Guatemala holds diplomatic relations with 152 countries. It has 41 embassies throughout the World, and 4 missions in International Organizations.

Embassy [2] Ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary
Argentina Rony Abiú Chalí López
Australia Connie Taracena Secaira
Austria Antonio Roberto Castellanos López
Belgium José Alberto Briz Gutiérrez
Belize
Brasil Julio Armando Martini Herrera
Canada Carlos Humberto Jiménez Licona
Chile Blanca Rita Claverie de Scioli
Colombia
Costa Rica Juan Carlos Orellana Juárez
Cuba Héctor Iván Espinoza Farfán
Dominican Republic Rudy Armando Coxaj López
Ecuador Luigi William Ixcot Rojas
Egypt Luis Raúl Estévez López
El Salvador Luis Rolando Torres Casanova
France Marco Tulio Gustavo Chicas Sosa
Germany José Francisco Calí Tzay
Holy See Alfredo Vásquez Rivera
Honduras Melvin Armindo Valdez González
India Geovani René Castillo Polanco
Israel Sara Angelina Solís Castañeda
Italy
Japan Ángela María de Lourdes Chávez Bietti
Mexico Arturo Romeo Duarte Ortiz
Morocco Jacobo Cuyun Salguero
Netherlands Gladys Marithza Ruiz de Vielman
Nicaragua
Panama Pedro Amado Robles Valle
Peru Irma Verónica Araujo Samayoa
Russia Guisela Atalida Godínez Sazo
South Korea Herbert Estuardo Meneses Coronado
Spain Fernando Molina Girón
Sweden Francisco Gross-Hernández Kramer
Switzerland Luis Fernando Carranza Cifuentes
Taiwan Olga María Aguja Zúñiga
Trinidad and Tobago Mario Estuardo Torres Townson
Turkey Lars Henrik Pira Pérez
United Kingdom Acisclo Domingo Valladares Molina
United States of America Manuel Alfredo Espina Pinto
Uruguay Antonio Arenales Forno
Venezuela Sandra América Noriega Urizar
Mission [3] Ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary
OAS Gabriel Edgardo Aguilera Peralta
WTO
UN (New York) Jorge Skinner-Klee Arenales
UN (Geneva) Carla María Rodríguez Mancia

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nuestra Historia". Minex. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  2. ^ "Embajadas de Guatemala en el Mundo". Minex. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Misiones de Guatemala ante Organismos Internacionales". Minex. Retrieved 7 January 2014.