Diplomat denies that U.S officials delivered letter to PM Browne

Sir Ron with former US President Barack Obama (file photo 2017)

Antigua and Barbuda’s Ambassador to the United States, Sir Ronald Sanders, has flatly rejected as false a story written by blogger Ken Rijock on his website which claims that a letter was delivered to Prime Minister Gaston Browne “by an American official” while he was at the UN General Assembly last week.

According to the Rijock story: “Insiders in Antigua report that it (the letter) contained a direct threat to sever Antigua’s financial institutions from the American financial structure”.

Ambassador Sanders said that he personally called Mr Rijock to dismiss the story which Mr Rijock says came “from sources in Antigua”.  

Sir Ronald said, “Not only was no letter delivered to Prime Minister Browne by any US official, but US State Department officers confirmed to me in a meeting today their utter dismay at the story, saying that no such letter was even under their consideration”.

The Ambassador named the US State Department officials with whom he spoke as Kenneth Merten, the Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, Katherine Duffy Dueholm, the Director, Office of Caribbean Affairs, US State Department, and Mark Bland, the Desk Officer for the Eastern Caribbean at the State Department.

Saying that his regular bilateral meeting with the US State Department officials had been arranged long before the publication of the false information contained in Mr Rijock’s blog, Ambassador Sanders disclosed that he raised it and the story was completely rejected.

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    • You’re so right girl. The PM only have strong for the small man in Antigua and Barbuda. He can’t touch Mr Rijock’s.


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    • Canada closed its doors? Antiguan’s and Barbudan’s are unable to visit Canada? Would you say that America has closed its doors? You do know that even when it was visa free, they still had the right to stop certain persons from entering? In 2016 they stopped 30,233 American Citizens from entering Canada, the year before it was 23,052

  2. Let’s stick to the facts; I never stated that the letter delivered to PM Browne was from the US State Department. That is an assumption which is untrue. This is a poor attempt to confuse Antiguans about the truth. Remember, immediately after the letter was delivered, Leroy King was arrested, for immediate extradition. That is what we need to look closely at.

    Issues regarding Correspondent Banking and the Federal Reserve generally comes from other government agencies, such as the US Treasury. I do not know which agency wrote the letter. perhaps PM Browne might wish to publish it for all of us to see.

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