Saint Lucia will be represented at a meeting with United States Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo, on Tuesday, it has been confirmed.
This country’s External Affairs Minister, Sarah Flood-Beaubrun, will attend the meeting with Pompeo in Jamaica, government sources here told St Lucia Times.
The meeting with the US official is being held against the backdrop of a warning by Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley, of an attempt to divide the 15- member Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
“We don’t look to pick fights. I don’t look to pick fights, but I am conscious that if this country does not stand for something, then it will fall for anything. As chairman of CARICOM, it is impossible for me to agree that my foreign minister should attend a meeting with anyone to which members of CARICOM are not invited. If some are invited and not all, then it is an attempt to divide this region,” Mottley said.
She was addressing a gala to celebrate the centenary of the birth of the late Barbados prime minister and regional integrationist Errol W. Barrow on Saturday night.
Mottley was quoted by CMC News as saying that she is conscious that in the next week questions will be asked as to whether the Barbados foreign minister happened to be missing in the meeting in Kingston.
Both the Jamaica Gleaner and the Observer newspaper, quoting sources, said that Pompeo is also due to meet with several Caribbean leaders.
Last year, the leaders of Jamaica, Saint Lucia, the Bahamas and Haiti flew to Miami to meet with US President Donald Trump.