The new British High Commissioner (BHC) to Saint Lucia, Steve Mc Cready, has denied that the UK is putting pressure on Saint Lucia to recognise same-sex marriage.
“I wouldn’t characterise it as putting pressure on the government of Saint Lucia – I don’t think that is the role of the UK government,” Mc Cready told reporters here.
He explained that the UK supports human rights and believes that a strong human rights agenda leads to a prosperous and safer country.
The diplomat said that the UK is against all forms of discrimination whether based on sexual orientation, religion, colour or any other reason.
“It is very important, we believe, that all people have equal rights,” the BHC said.
He stated that any citizen or group seeking the same rights as other citizens in a country will have the support of the government of the UK.
“I would not say that we are putting pressure on the government – it is a very close relationship,” the diplomat explained.
He recalled that during his first press conference with Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, he described Saint Lucia and the UK as being very good friends.
Mc Cready said it was ‘perfectly fine’ for friends to have differences of opinion, share those opinions respectfully, listen to each other and learn from each other.
“That is very must the position I will seek to take forward here,” he observed.