Dr. Martin, led a three-person delegation to strengthen relations and construct partnership between St. Kitts and Nevis and Israel, took part in advanced discussions with President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman. Minister Martin commended and expressed thanks to the Israeli senior officials for their dynamic and ongoing programs of support to St. Kitts and Nevis in the areas of agriculture and security.
To obtain an improved understanding of Israel’s social and economic strengths, “which can be adapted to serve the needs of St. Kitts and Nevis,” Minister Martin and his group visited replicas of agricultural and livestock farms in northern Israel and held dialogue with specialists with the intent of intensifying future partnership between Israel and St. Kitts and Nevis.
Also part of the discussions was the issue of the Israeli-Palestinian disagreements and expressed confidence that the upcoming vote at the United Nations would be able to balance the aspirations of the Palestinian people for self-determination with Israel’s right to exist in peace with security. He also stressed the need for face-to face dialogue and a negotiated settlement between the Israeli Government and the Palestinian Authority.
Mr. Martin also travelled to Ramallah on the West Bank where he took part in talks with Palesinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.
During the challenging schedule, Dr Martin made a brief visit to the Jerusalem Hadassah University Hospital Public Health Department where he discussed public health issues.
Minister Martin was accompanied by St. Kitts and Nevis High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, His Excellency Mr. Kevin Isaac; and Dr. Norgen Wilson, Advisor in the Ministry of Homeland Security.