Barbados has reaffirmed its relationship with the United Kingdom.
During a visit here on Wednesday, the British minister of state with responsibility for the Caribbean and the Commonwealth, Lord Ahmad, met with Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and other Government officials.
The discussions focused on the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting, post-Brexit trading arrangements with the region, and joint efforts to combat organized crime across the Eastern Caribbean.
Lord Ahmad, who is also visiting Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica on his tri-nation, three-day visit to the Caribbean, also thanked Barbados for acting as the base for coordination of UK military forces and the transportation of UK aid to islands affected back in September by the devastating passage of hurricanes Irma and Maria.
“The UK and Caribbean share a long rich history with shared values, common interests and an interwoven history,” Lord Ahmad said, while expressing his government’s desire to nurture and develop its relationship with Barbados and the rest of the region.
“We are and will remain strong partners in trade and will continue to cooperate to combat organized crime and counterterrorism to ensure our citizens’ security and protect our way of life,” he added in an official statement released via the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London.