An official release from the office of the country’s prime minister explained on Monday (29th July) that the action is one in a series of several in support of his Government’s efforts to undertake further comprehensive reviews of the Programme with the primary objective being to safeguard its integrity whilst at the same time actively contributing to the prevention of transnational organised crime and/or other illicit acts which threaten the safety and security of the global citizenry the vast majority of whom continue to embrace and pursue peace and security.
The release quoted Douglas as saying “I now advise of the Government’s decision to suspend with immediate effect, participation of all Iranian Nationals in our Federation’s Citizenship by Investment Programme. This is regardless of their countries of residence. We advise also of a similar decision to suspend all Afghanistan Nationals from participating in the Programme.”
Approximately eleven months ago in September 2012, the prime minister also made a statement in the country’s National Assembly, signalling St Kitts and Nevis’ support of the decision taken by Canada to suspend diplomatic relations with Iran.
Dr. Douglas had advised then of his government’s own efforts to review the Federation’s Citizenship by Investment Programme, specific to the further participation of Iranian Nationals.
The government is explaining that their actions are consistent with that commitment and recognising the Federation’s obligations to continue supporting the various United Nations Security Council’s Resolutions, namely 1737 (2006), 1803 (2008) and 1929 (2010).
“The Government of St. Kitts and Nevis being mindful of our obligations have taken several concrete measures to address deficiencies previously identified but we are nonetheless cognisant of need to effect further improvements to the Programme. The Government of St Kitts and Nevis therefore welcomes the opportunities for closer collaboration and cooperation with our traditional friendly partners in the International Community; specifically through their provision of the requisite technical and/or other expertise to assist in our efforts to promote a Citizenship by Investment Programme appropriately grounded in our own domestic legal framework and the relevant ones accepted globally,” said the St. Kitts and Nevis leader.