Former Foreign Affairs Minister Rashleigh Jackson, 93, dies

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Former Foreign Affairs Minister, Rashleigh Jackson

Former Foreign Affairs Minister Rashleigh Jackson died on Thursday night at his Republic Park, East Bank Demerara (EBD) home. He was 93. 

Born in 1929 in New Amsterdam, British Guiana, he joined the civil service in 1949.  

Jackson received a scholarship to study in the United Kingdom (UK) in 1954. He was educated at the University of London and the University of Leicester. 

He taught at the Queen’s College from 1957-64 and thereafter joined the Ministry of External Affairs (later renamed ‘Foreign Affairs’) in 1964, becoming Permanent Secretary in 1968. 

He was also the Permanent Representative of Guyana at the United Nations in New York, USA and President of the UN Council for Namibia, 1973-78.  

He served as Guyana’s Foreign Minister from 1978-1990. And, in 1991, he was bestowed with the country’s second highest national award—the Order of Roraima. 

Established in 1976, the Order of Roraima is awarded to any citizen of Guyana who has given outstanding service to the nation. 

(Information sourced from the University of London’s Institute of Commonwealth Studies)

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