Antigua and Barbuda’s PM calls for lifting of embargo on Cuba and the approach with Venezuela

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Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda Gaston Browne and his wife Maria Browne met US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden at the Microsoft Centre, Los Angeles, on Thursday. He also met the Vice President Kamala Harris on the second day of the summit.

The Antiguan Prime Minister and his wife are participating in the 9th Summit of the Americas. Many other CARICOM leaders are currently in Los Angeles, USA, attending the Summit.

The Summit will engage Hemisphere leaders in discussing pertinent issues such as building a sustainable and resilient future along with democracy, technology and pandemic resilience.

On Day 2 of the Summit of the Americas, Prime Minister Gaston Browne, along with CARICOM Heads, engaged with the United States Vice President Kamala Harris.

The robust multilateral discussions looked at several talking points such as US – CARICOM relations and opportunities to strengthen that partnership, Climate resilience and a proactive approach to combating the ongoing climate change crisis on a regional level.

Notably, Gaston Browne had earlier refused to attend the Summit because the federal government of the United States denied the participation of Cuba and Venezuela. However, later, US Senator Christopher Dodd convinced Browne to participate in the Summit.

The Caribbean leaders participating in the Summit promised to take advantage of the chance to defend the region’s position.

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  1. Even though Prime Minister Gaston Browne went back on his word by saying he wouldn’t attend this summit (however, no surprise to many Antiguans). I do agree with him regarding the exclusion of Cuba and Venezuela.

    In past both these countries have helped Antigua in the past with financial matters and also key workers like doctors and nurses.

    The USA shouldn’t be telling our Prime Minister and the Americas who they can and cannot be friends with.

    WHAT ARROGANCE!!!

    • Come on Brixtonian, you can differ with the PM but to try to score points that he didn’t keep his words with the recent summit is ridiculous. He and others took a position they weren’t going. Shortly before the summit, the US Government offered some concessions on Cuba, however small it was. It was therefore prudent for the PM to show up and and articulate his position face to face with the US delegation including President Biden which from all indications he did.

  2. Who the hell cares what you have to say Gaston Browne. You went back on your word. Do you think that Biden gives a rats arse about your opinion. You are fast becoming an irrelevance.

    • No he did not- Biden moved from inviting the Opposition leader of Venezuela Guardo(which he had to dis-invite because of the stance), he didn’t invite Cuba, Nicaragua in any capacity (which he also changed) also he returned to the pre-trump stance on Cuba because of the Strong Leaders like Gaston Browne.

      • Dr Ralph Gonsalves did not attend. The President of Mexico did not attend.
        These are the strong leaders.

        • You have an absurd idea of what strength is. The US offers up some concessions just before the meeting. The PM acted strong and prudent by showing up and take his seat at the table. Find another criticism, this one won’t stick.

  3. BULL CRAP YOU USEFUL IDIOT.

    GASTON IS THE BEST THING SINCE SLICED BREAD AND PEOPLE CANNOT EVEN BUY BREAD.

    THE AMOUNT OF POVERTY AND HUNGER IN THE COUNTRY SINCE ABLP TOOK POWER IT IS AMAZING.

    TIME FOR ALL THE USEFUL IDIOTS TO GO.

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