The minister stated that prior to the Unity Administration, trust in St. Kitts and Nevis had been lost and the issue of trust is what underpins relations with countries. He added that the federation was at an all-time low where relations with major partners and countries were concerned.
Relations with countries such as the United States of America and Canada, he said, were “in shambles.”
He made mention of the difficulties encountered with Canada, which resulted in citizens of St. Kitts and Nevis now having to acquire a visa for travel to Canada.
With regard to the Canada issue, he said that they have engaged at all levels with the Canadian Government, including at the level of the Prime Minister, as well as the level of the Minster with responsibility for Immigration. After several consultations, Brantley said, “We remain hopeful that we will start to see some changes in approach in so far as our people traveling to Canada.”
Minster Brantley said that the government is working hard to make it easier for citizens to be able to have access to the rest of the world.
As such, St. Kitts and Nevis has established relations with countries such as Ukraine, the Gambia and Senegal.
According to Brantley, in order to facilitate ease of travel, citizens of the federation can now travel visa free to places such as Kosovo and Brazil.