Prime Minister Freundel Stuart today extended a hand of friendship as he congratulated new St Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanet on his victory in Monday’s general election.
In a letter to the United Workers Party leader, Stuart noted that the people of St Lucia had given Chastanet a clear mandate and offered his best wishes for a productive and rewarding term in office.
Noting that Barbados and St Lucia have always enjoyed a longstanding and close relationship, Stuart said he was committed to deepening cooperation between the sister Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states.
“We already cooperate at various levels in a wide range of areas. These include economic, environmental, social and cultural activities within government and the private sector, as well as people to people exchanges. There are many opportunities for our two countries to continue working together to strengthen our bilateral relationship, and I look forward to continued engagement on matters of mutual interest,” Stuart said.
The Barbadian leader, who holds lead responsibility for the CARICOM Single Market and Economy in the 15-nation bloc’s quasi-cabinet also told his new counterpart that there were many critical issues facing the grouping.
“It is important that we continue to work together alongside our other partners to promote our shared interests. In this regard, I look forward to interacting with you at the 37th Regular Meeting of the Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community in Guyana next month,” the Prime Minister said.