Condor to lead St. Kitts & Nevis Delegation at Caribbean UK Summit this Weekend

The names of other members of the St. Kitts and Nevis delegation are to be announced later.

Hague is due in the Caribbean later this week hoping to bring relations with the Caribbean “more into the 21st century.

According to the CMC news, Hague, will be leading “one of the strongest ever delegations” to the three-day United Kingdom-Caribbean Ministerial Forum that begins in Grenada on Friday.

He said it emphasizes the importance London attaches to the “enduring friendship with the Caribbean, and of our desire to use the Forum to mark a major change in our relationship.

“We believe this will herald a transition to a more modern, dynamic and forward looking affiliation,” he said, noting that he was not looking towards throwing “away all of the strong bonds that tie the UK and the region together.

“These are deep and enduring and are reflected in all walks of life, from music to food, sport to prominent international figures. We in the UK value these ties highly,” he said, noting however “at the same time I believe that our relationship in recent years has been too backward-looking and less equal than it should be for the twenty-first century. 

“There is no need for this, as there are many areas where our interests, values and views coincide, where our people, companies and NGOs interact and where we work together in partnership to tackle the scourge of drugs and crime. 

“We know what the relationship used to be, we have a feel for what it is now, but this Forum is all about determining what that relationship will be for the future.”

He said that a “modern UK-Caribbean relationship” should be built around three principles, including a relationship of equals that sets the right tone for the 21st century focusing on shared history and culture as well as shaping the new global agenda.

“We already do this on climate change where we worked together successfully at Durban and the Commonwealth where we achieved a successful CHOGM (Commonwealth Heads of Government Meting) in Perth last autumn. 

“But we should look to take this further and cooperate more closely on some of the big international issues, such tackling Iran’s nuclear threat.”

He said there was also need for a dynamic partnership that delivers real benefits for citizens of both regions.

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