St. Kitts and Nevis and OECS Member States Call For Increased Cooperation With UK

Dr. Denzil Douglas chairs meeting

St. Kitts and Nevis joins with other Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) countries in calling for more areas of cooperation between the United Kingdom and the region. Member states of the OECS see this as the opportune time to assess their relation with the United Kingdom, especially since the UK has updated its focus on vulnerability, as it relates to Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

The call for increased cooperation came during a meeting between Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the OECS and the United Kingdom Minister of the Americas and the Caribbean, Hon. David Rutley, on March 31.

Minister of Foreign Affairs et al. in the Federal Cabinet of Saint Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Hon. Denzil Douglas, chaired the meeting. He disclosed that the many issues of discussed included multidimensional security, climate change, the World Trade Organization, clean energy transition and the upcoming UK-Caribbean Forum slated for May 2023.

Minister Rutley thanked the region for its support shown through the United Nations for the Ukraine resolution. He also noted that He indicated that the UK’s continued close collaboration with the Caribbean Development Bank is indicative of a commitment to healthy relations with the region.

The Meeting ended with all delegations thanking each other for the time, stimulating discussions with the hope for further opportunities to collaborate in the future.

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