Fernandez is Chairman of Council of Foreign Affairs Ministers

Minister Charles Fernandez (far left) with his colleague Foreign Ministers.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Charles Fernandez, has assumed the annual rotating chairmanship of the Council, Foreign Affairs Ministers of the OECS.

He told a meeting in Barbados this week to prioritize foreign policy coordination and harmonization, whenever necessary.

Minister Fernandez called attention to the unique plight of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), highlighting that, “…In the absence of coordination and harmonization, each of us stands alone.”

“In multilateral fora, such as the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), all member states have equal voting rights. However, while the global playing field may be getting more level, it is still incredibly uneven.”

During the meeting, the OECS Foreign Ministers exchanged views on several pertinent issues related to realm of international relations, including the participation of the OECS in regional and international fora, the application of Saint Martin for Associate Membership of the OECS, and the Development of Institutional Capacity in International Relations and Diplomacy, amongst others.


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