Former Saint Lucia Foreign Minister, Alva Baptiste, has expressed the hope that with Joe Biden’s long experience in government and his foreign policy credentials, the US President-elect will be able to set the tone for the world to inch in a different direction away from the kind of tensions seen in many areas of the globe.
“In fact hemispheric cooperation and relations should improve with the new President,” Baptiste told reporters outside parliament Tuesday.
The former minister expressed the view that there must be a different attitude and tone so that issues in the hemisphere can be resolved.
Baptiste made specific mention of Venezuela and what he described as a strategic re-engagement with the Caribbean.
He told reporters that in terms of Caribbean – US relations, it was his belief that the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) needs to be proactive in engaging Biden as soon as practicable while he is still ‘new’, to see if a different type of relationship can be crafted with the new US President.
“It is going to be very challenging because he has certain emergencies to deal with at home, for example the Coronavirus pandemic,” Baptiste observed.
“So it is very important for us in the hemisphere, North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean, to get together to organise ourselves into that integrated framework, so that we can create an improved position for us to grapple with the challenges that beset us at this particular point in time,” the former foreign minister told reporters.
He congratulated Joe Biden and his running mate, Kamala Harris, on their election win.
But Baptiste is of the opinion that a change of administration will not fundamentally alter American foreign policy, the pillars of which will be international trade and national security.
Headline photo caption: Alva Baptiste (File photo)