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Historic CARICOM-Saudi Arabia Summit to forge stronger ties

November 11, 2023
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CMC – Leaders from across the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), will next week attend the inaugural CARICOM-Saudi Arabia Summit, where they will engage in substantive discussions with Saudi Arabian counterparts.

This landmark summit, scheduled for November 16, arises from the keen interest of the Government of Saudi Arabia in cultivating enhanced relationships with nations across the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

The primary focus is on fostering investment and trade, particularly in key sectors such as infrastructure, hospitality, energy, climate change, and environmental sustainability.

Beyond trade and investment, the summit aims to reinforce shared principles, facilitate increased people-to-people contact, and celebrate cultural heritage. It marks a significant step towards deepening ties between CARICOM nations and Saudi Arabia.

The significance of the summit was underscored by the recent courtesy visit of Abdullah bin Muhammad Alsaihani, the first accredited Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to St. Kitts and Nevis.

During the visit, Ambassador Alsaihani held constructive meetings with Prime Minister Dr. Terrance Drew and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Denzil Douglas.

Key areas of cooperation were explored, including climate change, renewable energy, investment, and cultural exchanges.

The groundwork laid during these preliminary discussions sets the stage for future strengthened partnerships with the potential to reshape national and regional dynamics and promote shared prosperity.

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