Sir Ron appointed High Commissioner to Canada

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

Antigua & Barbuda’s Ambassador to the United States and Organisation of American States, Sir Ronald Sanders, has added another diplomatic appointment to his responsibilities.

He has been accredited to Canada, as non-resident High commissioner, the government confirmed today.

Canada is the North American neighbour to the United States and Sir Ron believes this makes sense and will save the country money.

“Since our country cannot afford a multiplicity of Embassies and High Commissions, doubling-up representation to nearby countries makes perfect sense.   It is far cheaper to make regular visits to Ottawa from Washington DC, than to establish a full-blown mission in Canada.  That is something appreciated by the Canadian government since it does the same thing in the Eastern Caribbean and elsewhere in the world”, Sanders said.

Sir Ronald, 66, served as Antigua & Barbuda’s ambassador to the UK in previous Antigua Labour Party-administrations from 1984 to 1987 and was re-appointed by Lester Bird from 1996 to 2004. He also served for a brief period in 2014 before being appointed ambassador to the United States.

The Guyanese native, represented Antigua & Barbuda’s before the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in the early days of the online gambling disputed with the United States.

In 2016, he made a failed attempt to become Commonwealth Secretary General.

He was knighted in 2002 by Queen Elizabeth II.

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