Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris Tuesday underscored the importance of the twin island Federation establishing diplomatic relations with countries since attaining political independence saying the country had been “able to achieve some successes on account of our global partnerships”.
Addressing the start of Diplomatic Week 2019, Harris, a former foreign affairs minister, said that 35 years ago, the Federation took its place on the global stage establishing diplomatic relations with an array of countries.
Diplomatic Week 2019 is being observed here under the theme, “Securing a Resilient Future through Strategic Diplomacy and Effective Dialogue,” and Harris told the ceremony that was attended by Governor General, Sir S.W. Tapley Seaton that his administration “is cognizant that we have been able to achieve some successes on account of our global partnerships with organizations and governments.
“So I take the opportunity to thank those who have assisted us in our endeavour to develop our economy, improve the standard of living of our country and pave the way for a better tomorrow for all of our people. We continue to entreat international support to improve and sustain our socioeconomic advancements,” he added.
Harris told the local diplomats that he is appreciative of their efforts in promoting and protecting the interests of St. Kitts and Nevis at the international level, saying that they were providing “yeoman service to our country in their respective jurisdictions.
“Thank you for your unwavering efforts in helping us to not only expand the diplomatic footprint of St. Kitts and Nevis, but also ensuring that our nationals in the Diaspora have someone to turn to in times of difficulty, concern or need. I say thank you for living up to our country’s motto, “Country Above Self,” he said.
He said his coalition administration would continue to provide the financial and other services needed “as you continue to enhance our relations in the global theatre so that they may yield even more positive and tangible results nationally”.
He told the visiting representatives of countries with whom St. Kitts-Nevis has diplomatic relations that ‘we highly appreciate the very friendly relationships with all our diplomatic partners and your efforts to strengthen these bonds of friendship.
“We look forward to creating new and expanding opportunities for cooperation.”