Foreign Minister Douglas bolsters relationship with UAE during bilateral talks

St. Kitts and Nevis’ amicable relationship with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was strengthened this week during bilateral discussions between Foreign Minister, the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas and Special Envoy of the UAE and Minister of Foreign Affairs to the Caribbean and Pacific States, Omar Shehadeh.

During the meeting on Monday, emphasis was placed on the mutually beneficial relationship shared by both countries and the UAE’s continued support of development in St. Kitts and Nevis. 

Most recently, the UAE provided two desalination plants to the federation which will aid in relieving the ongoing, drought driven water shortage. 

Senior Minister Douglas said the desalination plants donated by the UAE will enhance water security in the federation and “have a profound impact on the country’s ability to provide its people with clean and reliable water”.

Dr. Douglas also extended his appreciation for the UAE’s unwavering support in aiding St. Kitts and Nevis’ transition to a modern economy. He emphasised the importance of this partnership in fostering sustainable development and technological advancements within the nation.

Highlighting the longstanding relationship between the two countries, Dr. Douglas noted that St. Kitts and Nevis was one of the first Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nations to establish a permanent diplomatic presence in the UAE. This pioneering move has paved the way for closer ties and collaborative efforts in sectors including trade, tourism, and education.

The meeting concluded with both parties reaffirming their commitment to strengthening the relationship between both nations and exploring new avenues for cooperation. 

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