Recent compliments were received from Grenada, Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Lucia, Canada and Barbados.
In a message to the federation’s Prime Minister, the Grenadian Prime Minister, Mr. Tillman Thomas said, through the hard work, initiative, dedication and civic responsibility of Kittitians and Nevisians tremendous strides have been made, especially in the fields of tourism and manufacturing.
“Grenada joins you as you celebrate your achievements. As one Caribbean Community, we will continue the process of building mutual respect and cooperation and nurturing the advancement of our peoples, empowered by our sense of common purpose and shared commitment to the integration process,” said Prime Minister Thomas.
Recognition coming from Dominica’s President, Mr. Nicolas J. O. Liverpool, said, “Dominica looks forward to our continued cooperation through the sharing of ideas and the strengthening of our commitments to the Commonwealth, the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and other regional and international fora”.
Dominican President, Mr. Liverpool, told Governor General Mr. Sir Cuthbert Sebastian, “it is a time to celebrate the lasting friendship with St. Kitts and Nevis.”
Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister, Dr. Baldwin Spencer, commented by saying, “The celebration of independence of a country signifies yet another political milestone and provides a beam of optimism towards greater achievements and stability for its government and people. It is an important moment for your country to engage in unified reflection and continue to aspire to a common destiny of justice and peace while embracing St. Kitts and Nevis’ heritage and national pride.
He told Prime Minister Douglas, “We have always enjoyed close relations and I trust that our two countries will remain committed in advancing the ideals and core principles of CARICOM and the OCES, as we strive to secure economically viable societies while strengthening our bilateral relationship.”
Congratulations coming from the Prime Minister of Barbados Dr. Freundel Stuart said, “I look forward to strengthening those ties in the coming years, both at the bilateral and regional levels. It is my wish that our two countries will continue to collaborate on matters of mutual concern,” said the Barbados Prime Minister.
He added that Barbados and St. Christopher and Nevis have enjoyed a lasting Friendship.
Prime Minister of St. Lucia, Mr. Stephenson King, added that St. Kitts and Nevis along with St. Lucia have maintained a friendly and cooperative relationship through the efforts and integration within CARICOM.
He continued, “As the Government and people of St. Kitts and Nevis celebrate this special occasion, the Government and people of St. Lucia take this opportunity to wish you success, peace and prosperity for the future”.
Canada’s Governor General Mr. David Johnson told a colleague of his from St. Kitts and Nevis that Canada has every confidence that both countries will continue to work together as close friends towards a more secure and prosperous hemisphere.
Governor General Johnson said, “Our countries enjoy warm relations founded on our long-standing cultural, economic and political ties. Our commitments to the many organizations in which we share membership, including the Commonwealth, United Nations and the Organisation of American States, continue to strengthen.”
Along with the regional countries who expressed congratulations to the federation, the federation’s achievements were also commended on by the commander of the United States South Command, General Douglas M. Fraser.
Mr. Fraser told Prime Minister Douglas, “The U.S. gained a strong friend and partner that day and we celebrate it with you.”