The United States of America has reaffirmed its commitment to strengthening cooperation and relations with Antigua and Barbuda and the rest of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
On the heels of the Flag Raising Ceremony at Chagaramus Tuesday morning, marking the 50th anniversary of the establishment of CARICOM, Prime Minister Gaston Browne had a wide ranging bilateral meeting with Senator Christopher Dodd of the United States of America, Special Presidential Advisor for the Americas.
Prime Minister Browne applauded what he described as the warming and strengthening of relations between Washington and St. JOHN’S, which continues to strengthen under President Joe Biden
“The US is a wonderful friend of the Caribbean, and you Senator are also a great envoy of President Biden,” according to the Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister.
For his part, Senator Dodd said that the Caribbean remains an area of special interest for the US ,which is underscored by the recent visit and engagement by Vice President Harris in the Bahamas.
Among the wide-ranging issues raised during the bilateral talks include: the upscaling of LIAT to deal with regional transportation concerns; reaching an amicable settlement on the long-running WTO gaming matter; Antigua and Barbuda’s desire to be one of two countries selected by the US to reestablish an Embassy in the Eastern Caribbean, given our level of infrastructure, modern airport; being the fastest growing economy in the OECS; US – China relations and Venezuela’s Petro Caribe initiative.