Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has described the near 50-year relationship between Barbados and the United States of America as a mutually beneficial one which has “grown from strength to strength”.
In welcoming that country’s new envoy to Barbados, Stuart also said he had every reason to believe that the future of this relationship remained bright.
He pointed out that Barbados would be celebrating its 50th anniversary of Independence this year and that Barbadians had a lot to be proud of since the country’s development had shown that size was not a determinant of capacity to give history “a nudge”.
The Prime Minister also noted that Barbados and the USA, as well as other partners like the United Kingdom and Canada, were celebrating 50 years of diplomatic relations this year.
During a courtesy call at Government Headquarters, the new US Ambassador Linda Taglialatela said she was excited to participate in the island’s jubilee celebrations.
She also thanked the Prime Minister for his contribution during the recent climate change discussions in Paris, while pledging that the US would continue to work with Barbados in this area.
Stuart responded by saying climate change was a “lived experience” for small island developing countries whose governments had to incur additional expenditure because of the issues associated with it. He noted that climate change was causing significant disruption to people’s lives.
“In Paris we worked closely with the USA . . . and forged the kind of relationship which allowed us to speak with one voice and we ended up getting what we wanted.”
Some of the other issues discussed during the meeting were the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative and the use of the Caribbean Sea
for illegal drug shipments.