Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has emphasized the “common view of the world” shared by Barbadians and Americans.
Stuart yesterday addressed supporters of the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) at the annual Cocktail Sip of the Friends of DLP New York.
He told Barbadians in the Diaspora that 2016 was a special year, if only because Barbados had several success stories, both told and untold, to celebrate.
The Prime Minister told the audience that the 36th President of the United States Lynden Johnson, at a banquet held for Prime Minister Errol Barrow, reminded his audience of the role of the Oistins’ Charter of Barbados in some of the formative values in America’s constitution.
“So if you feel very comfortable in the United States of America and that is why you refuse to come back home, it is because as de facto ambassadors you have shared values, a sense of commitment, and a common view of the world with America. And that is why when Americans come to Barbados they feel as comfortable there as you feel here, ” Stuart explained.
The Articles of Agreement, which would later be called the Charter of Barbados, was signed in Oistins on January 11, 1652, forming the Barbados parliament. It followed an end to Barbados’ resistance to the dictatorship of Oliver Cromwell and his commonwealth parliament.
At last night’s celebratory event, speakers outlined their planned activities for the year, while patrons were entertained by Ian Webster, Smokey Burke, and Lew Drayton.