The Ambassador of Saint Lucia to the United States, Anton E. Edmunds, has bemoaned the lack of engagement by the United States with the Caribbean, the June-July edition of the Embassy of Saint Lucia to the United States of America newsletter has said.
The newsletter quoted the Saint Lucian diplomat as saying that “token statements on our shared values are not enough to paper over the fact that countries in the region need a committed partner in the United States.”
It said Ambassador Edmunds pointed out that the reality for Caribbean countries is stark.
“We have to focus on economic growth, resilience and to address the social ills that impact our development and we cannot wait or depend on any one ally to help us in our quest to deliver for our populations,” the ambassador was quoted as saying.
“The message conveyed was that the development of a shared agenda on mutually beneficial security and development goals between the United States and the Caribbean is overdue and is critical,” the release stated.
It noted that Ambassador Edmunds’ comments at the event mirrored statements that he delivered on Capitol Hill at an Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) event in June.