British Foreign Office Minister to visit Saint Lucia

Britain’s Foreign Office Minister for the Overseas Territories and the Caribbean, Baroness Anelay, is due in Saint Lucia this week to further strengthen the United Kingdom’s links with the Caribbean.

The Barbados-based British High Commission said the Minister is also traveling for the first time to Anguilla, and St Kitts-Nevis until January 12 on a visit that will focus on economic development, security and justice reform, climate change and tourism.

Her visit follows one to the Cayman Islands, Barbados and Jamaica in October and Prince Harry’s recent tour of the wider region.

During the visit, Baroness Anelay will meet Prime Minister Allen Chastanet, the Anguillan Chief Minister Victor Banks and the Commissioner of the Royal Anguillan Police Force Paul Morrison.

“In these meetings the Minister will explore ways to increase cooperation between Anguilla and the UK in security and justice reform,” the statement said, adding that “in St Kitts and Nevis and St Lucia, the Minister will be demonstrating the breadth and depth of the UK’s support for the Caribbean.

“In her meetings with government officials, Baroness Anelay will emphasise the modern, forward-looking relationship the UK is developing with the region, including ways to protect the pristine environment,  the statement added.

“I am delighted to be in the Caribbean again, and to visit for the first time as a Minister the islands of Anguilla, St Kitts and Nevis and St Lucia. I look forward to exploring a range of important issues with government officials here, including strengthening security and justice sectors. Most importantly, I want to demonstrate to the Caribbean that the UK remains a firm friend,” she said prior to her arrival in the region over the last weekend.