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PM Browne sends Message of Condolence to Cuban President following fatal plane crash

Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda the Hon. Gaston Browne has sent a message of condolence to the President of the Republic of Cuba, His Excellency Miguel Diaz-Canel following a plane crash in Santiago de las Vegas on Friday last, minutes after takeoff, killing over 100 passengers. In his letter to President Diaz-Canel, Prime Minister Browne said that the loss of life, especially under circumstances like this, is always painful.  “At this time I wish to express my sincerest condolences to the government and the people of the Republic of Cuba for…

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Antigua and Barbuda Participates in the 37th Session of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)

Antigua and Barbuda participated in the 37th Session of the Economic Commission for Latin American and the Caribbean held last weekend in Havana, Cuba under the mantra “Caribbean First”. The membership gathered for the fulfillment of two main objectives, namely consideration of the most pressing economic and social development issues for the countries of the region; and to review the progress made by the Commission. The Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Immigration E. P. Chet Greene in making his contribution extended warm greetings from Prime Minister, Hon. Gaston Browne and indicated…

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History in the Making- Ambassador Francis – King Frank I – speaks at the OAS Council

The Government of Antigua and Barbuda will report to the Organisation of American States (OAS) on Monday, May 14th on its measures to improve the rights of Rastafarian community. Ambassador to the United States and the OAS, Sir Ronald Sanders, will address the Permanent Council of the OAS on Mondaymorning to advise that the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne, has apologised to the Rastafarian community for decades of discrimination against them.   He will also inform the Council of other measures that the Government has taken or intends to take to…

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Minister Greene speaks towards harmonization of foreign policy amongst CARICOM Member States6

On 8th May, 2018, Antigua and Barbuda participated in the 21st Meeting of the Council of Community and Foreign Relations (COFCOR) held in Nassau, Bahamas. The Honourable E.P. Chet Greene, Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Immigration participating in his first COFCOR Meeting remarked on the importance of harmonizing and coordinating the various foreign policy platforms that exist within the CARICOM Member States. Minister Greene stated that the Community must focus on developing strategic foreign policy initiatives that would seek to bring maximum benefits to the people of the Caribbean. Additionally,…

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Foreign Affairs Politics 

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA WELCOMES NEW MEXICAN AMBASSADOR

His Excellency Oscar Esparza-Vargas, Ambassador of the United Mexican States, on Tuesday paid a courtesy call on the Honourable Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda. Ambassador Esparza-Vargas is based in Saint Lucia, and is accredited to the Member States of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). Prime Minister Browne welcomed the Ambassador to Antigua and Barbuda, and expressed his willingness to further cultivate the long-standing diplomatic relations between Antigua and Barbuda and Mexico, which were first established in 1984. He indicated that both countries should seek to…

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Acting PM, Hon. Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin Meets with New Zealand High Commissioner

New Zealand High Commissioner, Her Excellency Mrs. Jan Henderson, on Thursday paid a farewell visit to the Acting Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, the Hon. Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin. The Acting Prime Minister welcomed the High Commissioner to the twin island state and thanked her for New Zealand’s contribution of NZ$ 500,000 through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to support recovery and rehabilitation in the region following the devastation of Hurricane Irma last September. He continued that New Zealand has enjoyed a long-standing and cordial relationship with Antigua and…

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Foreign Affairs Minister Proposes a Number of Bilateral Agreements With India

 Foreign Affairs Minister E.P. Chet Greene hosted a high-level meeting with a diplomatic delegation from India, comprising of the Honourable Mr. C.R. Chaudhary, India’s Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, along with the Indian High Commissioner. Minister Greene welcomed the visiting delegation and promptly thanked the Minister for his government’s support of the twin island state following the passage of Hurricane Irma. Minister Greene highlighted the strong diplomatic ties which Antigua and Barbuda has nurtured with India since independence in 1981. In addressing the delegation, Minister…

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Indian Minister of State and High Commissioner Pay Courtesy Visit to Prime Minister Gaston Browne

On Wednesday, April 25, 2018, Prime Minister Gaston Browne received a courtesy call from the Honourable Mr. C.R. Chaudhary, India’s Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution. The visiting Minister was accompanied by the Indian High Commissioner. During the meeting, PM Browne welcomed the Indian Delegation to the island of Antigua and engaged them with further talks of cooperation between the two countries. The Republic of India and Antigua and Barbuda established diplomatic relations in 1981, shortly after independence. Though the High Commission of India is located…

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ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA GOVERNMENT CHALLENGES US REPORT

The Government of Antigua and Barbuda has written to the U.S. State Department, through its Embassy in Washington, pointing out glaring misrepresentations in the Department’s 2017 Human Rights Report as it relates to Antigua and Barbuda. The Government informs that, “while it is not normal to release the content of its diplomatic communications with other governments, the State Department has publicly released its comments on Antigua and Barbuda and posted its report on the Internet”.  Therefore, the Government has to publish its response, “lest not controverting them is construed as…

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PM Browne expresses sadness following Canada killings

Prime Minister the Hon. Gaston Browne has written to Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau expressing sadness over the killing of ten persons and the injuring of fourteen others during a van attack by an assailant. On Tuesday, Canadian police in Toronto charged the man accused of plowing into pedestrians with a rented van on Monday, with ten counts of first degree murder. In his letter to the Canadian Prime Minister, Prime Minister Browne wrote, “I was deeply troubled to learn of the dastardly incident in Toronto on April 23, when several…

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