Brantley calls for fore strategic alliances

Basseterre, St. Kitts, Tuesday, 14th May, 2019, ( – The Minister of Foreign Affairs for St. Kitts and Nevis is amongst OECS officials who are today, (14th May),wrapping up discussions on a wide range of issues in Grenada.

While attending a meeting of OECS Ministers of Foreign Affairs in St. George’s, during the period 12th – 14th May, the St. Kitts and Nevis top diplomat, Mark Brantley, issued a call for OECS countries to place more emphasis on the forging ties with influential development partners.

The OECS Council of Foreign Affairs (COMFA) took place at the same time as the Twenty-Second Meeting of the Council of Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR), hosted at the Radisson Resort, Grand Anse, Grenada.

At the OECS COMFA meeting, Minister Brantley reiterated the need for the OECS member states to take a second look at their strategy for addressing the current issue of blacklisting by the European Union, as a means of stemming the tide of negative impacts from black listing.

He strongly recommended the forging of alliances with influential development partners and conducting a technical analysis of other ways to seek redress to the economic and reputational damage that follows black listing.

Brantley also welcomed the recent decision to establish the joint mission in Morocco in June 2019 as a further step towards deepening our engagement with Africa, but equally focused on the need for St. Kitts and Nevis and the wider OECS to adopt a similar approach in establishing a physical presence in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the seat of the African Union.

At the COFCOR meeting, the Ministers also discussed the region’s relations at the bilateral, hemispheric and multilateral levels, received an update on BREXIT and its implications for CARICOM, while also focusing on the situation in Venezuela, and developments at the United Nations, including Security Council Reform.