Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Saint Lucia And US Continue To Strengthen Ties

Press Release:- Minister with responsibility for External Affairs, Honourable Sarah Flood-Beaubrun, has reported that the meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, was a welcome opportunity to engage with the administration on a series of initiatives important to the Government and People of Saint Lucia.  

At the Wednesday morning meeting which she attended along with other invited foreign ministers, the Secretary commented that his trip to the region was overdue, and that the United States continues to be committed to initiatives that seek to strengthen ties on issues such as security and development. 

As it relates to the Organization of American States (OAS), the Secretary indicated a known U.S. position; that the U.S. would like to see the incumbent Secretary General, Luis Almagro, serve a second term at the helm of the organization.  

Ministers in attendance raised with the Secretary, the impact of crime on regional development and the need for increased training and collaboration with the United states on that front.  Education as a key metric for countries to meet certain development goals was also an issue raised.  

Minister Flood-Beaubrun focused some of her remarks on the need for more programing in community development, drawing reference to USAID’s Community Family and Youth Resilience Program currently underway in Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts & Nevis and Guyana. 

The Minister advocated for the expansion of this program and for best practices from it to be embraced regionwide.

Banking and blacklisting, and the issue of reputational damage that countries in the Caribbean were facing was also mentioned; as was the impact of graduation of countries to more developed status. 

In a bi-lateral meeting, the Minister asked for Secretary Pompeo’s support for programming being discussed with the U.S. in a variety of areas, including border security; education; and support for the country’s financial intelligence agency. 

Minister Flood-Beaubrun and Ambassador Edmunds also attended a policy discussion hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, in Collaboration with the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica and the American Chamber of Commerce, and which featured Secretary Pompeo.  

The Minister was accompanied at the meeting by Saint Lucia’s Ambassador to the U.S. and Permanent Representative to the OAS, His Excellency Anton Edmunds.

18 COMMENTS

  1. The big islands broke down the federation yester year…good sense prevailed and caricom came through ..now another big nation is trying hard to derail and they are using the weaker smaller nations to get their goal……one scribbles one nation….Caribbean unity

  2. ” …….of initiatives important to the Government and People of Saint Lucia.” Sarah’s press release says alot—implies the government and people are “now” 2 separate beneficiaries of assistance such as what is purported! Lawyers are supposed to pick up those salient messages unless she means it literally. On another note- likewise mi nah trust em’ . Dem deh fi si after dem rasclat selves and using wi as pawns like in a game of Chess, and dem fi deh as kings!

  3. Oh well she got a hand shake and head rub too just the Jackasses that went to Monolargo they did not even have the decency to invite them to the Whitehouse.. Oh 90 days you shall get your treat, they sent the hospital boat and that was it. No investment or investors. Leachy Law still remains oh well a sucker is born everyday

  4. Sarah is not stupid; She has served in the States under the SLP and she will not allow herself to be
    fooled by any big shot in that Administration. I have fool confidence in her ability to deliver as necessary.

  5. No mention about the Leahy Law placed on our Police force? If you are going to kiss posterior at least get something from it!

  6. aa….what happen to ti-chas he didn’t go instead. hardly ever do you hear other ministers attending high profile events like this. it’s always ti-chas no matter the ministry. his flyer miles finish or what??

  7. Chastent is the PM of St Lucia 🇱🇨 whether we like him or not.He is trying his best I wish SLP would win the election and give St lucians 20 percent vat in their bam bam.

  8. So so sad dividing the Caribbean island for the love of Fame. Venezuela has always been there for our island why divide it now.

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