Strong diplomatic presence expected

MyVueNews Staff-writer

Basseterre, St. Kitts, 18th September, 2018 (MyVueNews.com) – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is expecting a high number of foreign diplomats for the Federation’s 35th Anniversary of Independence.

Most diplomats are scheduled to arrive on Tuesday, in time for the Wednesday, 19th September Independence Parade that will take place on the grounds of the Warner Park Cricket Stadium.

According to the Ministry, regional and international diplomats from more than twenty allied nations are expected.

Among those attending the Independence celebratory activities are Ambassador of Japan, His Excellency Mitsuhiko Okada and Mrs. Okada; Ambassador of the United States of America; Her Excellency, Linda S. Taglialatela; High Commissioner of the Bahamas, H.E. Reuben Rahming; H.E. Anton Ojala, New Zealand’s High Commissioner; Deputy Head of Mission for Morocco, Mr. Mohammed Ali Elkamlichi; H.E. Kim Byung-yun, Ambassador of South Korea, and Ambassador of Switzerland, His Excellency Urs Schnider.

They will be joined by foreign diplomats residing on St. Kitts and Nevis, including Cuban Ambassador to the Federation, His Excellency Abelardo Fabio Hernández Ferrer; Resident Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to the Federation, His Excellency Tom Lee, and Mr. Jose Olavarria Rivas, Charge d’affaires of the Embassy of Venezuelan.

In addition, the Republic of China (Taiwan) has dispatched a 28-member contingent of Honour Guards from the Taiwan Arm Forces that will participate in the 35th Independence Military Parade, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has informed.

Photo: Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris with several foreign diplomats from last year’s Independence celebration.