Prime Minister Gaston Browne has criticised U.S Diplomats in Barbados for not doing enough to foster better relations with the region and Washington.
Browne told Pointe FM on Saturday that the U.S Embassy had a responsibility to ensure that accurate information is supplied to the U.S Department of State in regards to their various reports.
He also criticised the embassy staff for not doing enough to ensure that vaccines are available to Antigua and Barbuda and other countries in the region.
“What I want to say to them, the Embassy in Barbados, I know they don’t like to hear when I speak like this, but I say this without fear or favour and I say this without any enmity to the resident U.S Ambassador and her staff. She knows I love her as an individual but you know what, in terms of maintaining the type of strong diplomatic relations, between the Caribbean and the United States, I don’t think they doing a good job.”
“When they can perhaps work with others in the State Department and put out things in the US Human Rights Report that not accurate, what they are doing is undermining the bilateral relationship between the United States and countries here in the Caribbean,” Browne said.
“They have a responsibility to ensure that whatever information they document in these reports, that the information is accurate.
“And if is one country that will always speak out about these types of inaccurate statements is Antigua and Barbuda,” he added.
“And similarly we expect them during this period of a pandemic for them to also advocate on behalf of the Caribbean region. They live here, they too are at risk and they should be literally helping us to push capital, to include the Caribbean and to make some vaccines available and I am not seeing that kind of effort,” Browne said.
Regarding the 2020 report, Browne said it was not true that he owned “several media outlets within the country.”
He said it was not true that “there is no independent print media.”
Here is the 2020 US Department of State Reports on Antigua and Barbuda: ANTIGUA-AND-BARBUDA-2020-HUMAN-RIGHTS-REPORT
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