PM Drew, Senior Minister Douglas engage in diplomatic talks during SIDS4

In addition to engagements directly related to the Fourth International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS4), the St. Kitts and Nevis delegation, led by Prime Minister Dr. Terrance Drew, has used the opportunity to strengthen its diplomatic relations with friendly governments. 

Prime Minister Drew, supported by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Senior Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas, have been engaging in a series of bilateral discussions and high-level meetings.

Together, they participated in the Mobilization of Resources for SIDS discussion which focused on marshalling resources for SIDS.

Foreign Minister Douglas also participated in bilateral meetings with development partners including Denmark whose delegation comprised Her Excellency Christina Markus Lassen, Permanent Representative of Denmark to the United Nations, and His Excellency Holger Nielsen, Special Representative, and former prime minister of Denmark. 

“Their discussions centred on enhancing diplomatic ties and transitioning from fossil fuels to renewable energy. Ambassador Lassen highlighted Denmark’s bid for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council and sought feedback from St. Kitts and Nevis” a statement on the St. Kitts and Nevis delegation’s activities during SIDS4 said.

St. Kitts and Nevis’ former prime minister also engaged with the Cuban delegation led by the country’s Vice President Salvador Valdes Mesa. During these talks, Vice President Valdes Mesa noted his country’s deep appreciation for Saint Kitts and Nevis’ advocacy for Cuba.  

Dr. Douglas also met with US Secretary for the Interior, Deb Haaland, and His Excellency Roger Nyhus, US Ambassador to St. Kitts and Nevis who both reaffirmed their country’s commitment to the Sustainable Island State Agenda. 

Minister Douglas also met with the Indian delegation led by Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Pavan Kapoor who was joined by High Commissioner of India, His Excellency Dr. Amit Telang, and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Her Excellency Dr. Mutryce Williams. Dr. Douglas discussed priorities including renewable energy, creative economy, and diplomatic expansion. Mr. Kapoor outlined opportunities to support these goals. 

Dr. Douglas concluded a full day of talks with discussion with Azerbaijan’s Minister of Natural Resources and COP29 President-designate, Mukhtar Babayev, and His Excellency Ruslan Rzayev, Ambassador to St. Kitts and Nevis. 

The event in Antigua and Barbuda brought together more than 5000 world leaders, politicians, government officials, global leaders in various industries, activists and others with the goal of finding solutions to the growing climate crisis and its impact on SIDS.

SIDS4 taking place in the Caribbean created a unique opportunity for many sideline activities, including furthering diplomacy and St. Kitts and Nevis’ Sustainable Island State agenda.

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