Guyanese officials have played down any threats to foreign investment while talking up the possibility of developing the country’s natural gas resources.

At the Guyana Energy Conference and Supply Chain Expo last week, Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo told the audience, “I want to assure you that your investments will be safe.”

The reassurances come amid mounting warlike rhetoric from neighboring Venezuela. Recent reports show Venezuelan military buildup and maneuvers in waters close to Guyana’s Essequibo region.

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