Antigua and Barbuda calls for urgent meeting with US President, Joe Biden and leaders of Caribbean Community

Digital photos compliments Office of the Prime Minister. Prime Minister Gaston Browne listing to the opening comments from President of the United States, Joseph Biden

Antigua and Barbuda’s Ambassador to the United States, Sir Ronald Sanders, has called for an early meeting between US President, Joe Biden and leaders of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries.

Ambassador Sanders made the call during a webinar meeting on Thursday, April 28th, organised by Florida International University and the  Latin American and Caribbean Centre in Washington.

Sir Ronald pointed out that it has been seven years since the last US-CARICOM Summit was held in Jamaica.   He said during that time, the US has not formulated an effective Caribbean policy.  He described the US policy during the Trump presidency as one of “divide and rule” particularly with regard to Cuba and Venezuela.

Ambassador Sanders also lamented that since President Biden has come to office, no high-level consultation has been held on a US policy for the Caribbean.  He said that instead the US has focussed on continuing policies of isolating Cuba and trying to dissuade CARICOM countries from relationships with the People’s Republic of China.

He said that focus on these two issues is unhelpful while CARICOM countries are struggling to recover from the economic and financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, including huge burdens of debt caused by Climate-Change induced natural disasters and paying for enlarged health services to save their peoples’ lives through the spread of the Coronavirus.

Noting that US authorities repeatedly acknowledge the Caribbean as its ‘third border’, he said that “the US ought to be seeking to strengthen its relations with CARICOM countries, including by helping them to address challenges – some of which are directly attributable to the US, such as Climate Change”.

The webinar meeting discussed a paper, produced by Ambassador Sanders on “US-Caribbean Relations in the first year of the Biden Administration”. Two of the panellists were a former top US States Department official, Ambassador Tom Shannon, and Pulitzer prize journalist with the Miami Herald, Jacqueline Charles.

The meeting endorsed Ambassador Sanders’ view that an early meeting between US President Biden and CARICOM leaders is necessary for refocussing the US-Caribbean relationship on mutually beneficial terms.

The entire webinar discussion  can be seen on the websites of Florida International University and the Latin American and Caribbean Center.

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  1. Apparently you are not fully aware that Biden has Advanced Dementia.
    Therefore you will have to meet with his Handlers !
    Good Luck

    • DEMENTIA??? 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 is that why a little wind knocks him over as he walks down the “tredding”?? 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

      I guess meeting with Sleepy Joe is still better than Limpy Joe 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  2. Joe has no time for them to meet with him.His dinner plate is full and overflowing.That Ukraine and Russia conflict has him engaged,mornings,noons and nights.So all of you in CARICOM(CARRY AND COME) would have a very long time to wait on old man Uncle Joe.

  3. Just saw a story about the Premier of the BVI arrested in Miami. He was arrested in the United States by the Drug Enforcement Agency. Why Politicians are not arrested for stealing from the people in Antigua and Barbuda?

  4. The key word is China. Every grown up country is moving away from the locust state. Yet Antigua is getting into bed with them. $$$$$$$$

  5. Saunders Only born Antiguans and Barbudans should represent ANU. What he na good enough for where he come from?

    • @Skyewill…why are you discriminating, against my Great great great great grandfather, he wasn’t an Antiguan⁉️
      My grandfather was an Anguillan⁉️
      At least, it’s closer to Antigua than, Seria or Lebanon!
      Antiguans are already a #Pepperpot of HUEman #hues, views and issues.

      Isn’t Ron Sanders, one of GB’s #Powerhouse Nation designer and architect⁉️

      Antiguans don’t defend Antigua for a long, long time and the #Free #Movement into Antigua and Barbuda of unskilled Labour, controlled by a few skilled leaders have more power, than the #Cancel #Culture in America right now!

      Ron Sanders and many of the Ambassadorships handed out by the Government are #Tokens-of-Appreciation for their loyalty’s to those in charge. Yes, we do need Ambassadors, but for a Nation our size, the Diplomatic core should be producing better results. The rewards which they bring to the Nation are not, as readily visible, as they can be.

      BTW…I see the Boustany case went cold!
      We have some #Cold Cases which could use some fresh eyes, minds to get us out from these Foreign Miners clutch. The Chinny Connection is moving like Wild Fire with little to no oversight! What will be our concerns thirty years from now?

      • @Frank S…Harold Lovell, if and when he loses at the next election polls.
        Harold Lovell for Ambassador to the UN.
        We should consolidate the Embassies into regions….
        1 – USA/UN…deals with north and South America/OAS!

        2 – EU…deals with the European Union.

        3 – Africa/Middle East.

        4 – Asia

        This means FOUR(4) senior ambassadors with a staff.

        We have too many outdated and underperforming ambassadorships!

  6. A personal attack on the man is not enhancing the discussion of the topic.
    Yes, the USA Caribbean policy under Trump was one of divide and rule. And I for one thought that Joe Biden would follow more in the footstep of Barak Obama, especially as it relates to Cuba. But it seems as if Mr. Biden is continuing the Trump policies. Since I that they want to exclude Cuba from the conference of the Americas to be held in the USA. I wonder how long America will continue the policy that Might is Right. Every Nation in the world has condemned them over their Cuba Policy. Yet they criticize others like Russia for almost the very same thing. And Caricom should take a stand, Irregardless that some member will fall out and side with the USA for their own selfish reason. Like Jamaica and St. Lucia did under Trump.

  7. @sky But…you not antiguan or even live here. Remember this oath you swore:

    “I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God.”

  8. Don’t worry; one of them is going to get a free ride on a military aircraft when the time is right. Remember Odebrecht?

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