Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr Terrance Drew, discussed critical issues, including the current situation in Haiti, financial and economic assistance to address the climate fallout, and the embargo on Cuba during the first day of the EU-CELAC Summit 2023 in Brussels, Belgium. The opening ceremony of the 3rd edition of the EU-CELAC Summit was held on July 17.
After the conclusion of the first day of the European Union-Community of Latin America and Caribbean States Summit, PM Drew said it was quite eventful as the leaders discussed key matters of interest that impact the region and effective resolutions. The PM said he would offer his intervention on these topics, amongst others.
Prime Minister Terrance Drew is in Brussels, Belgium, with Heads of State and Government of the European Union and the Community of Latin American and the Caribbean States for the EU-CELAC Summit from July 17 to 18.
He is accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs et al., Dr Denzil Douglas and the Minister of Sustainable Development et al., Dr Joyelle Clarke. The Summit is taking place from 17-18 July.
Prior to the commencement of the Summit, the delegation had the opportunity to attend a special EU-LAC Business Round Table Opening Reception, which was attended by many heads of government and diplomats and provided an opportunity for informal meetings and familiarisation ahead of the first day of the EU-CELAC Summit.
Notably, following the opening ceremony, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr Denzil Douglas and the Foreign Affairs Minister of Romania, Luminita Odobesçu, held major talks on the possibility of strengthened cooperation between both nations.
Earlier, engagement between the twin-island nation and Romania was primarily in multilateral fora like the EU-LAC, now EU-CELAC and the United Nations. But, bilateral discussions strengthened during Romania’s bid for support to one of the main organs of the UN in 2019.
Romania has maintained its vow to deepen ties with the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis as well as the wider Caribbean region and continue to provide complete scholarships to the students in the Caribbean region who desire to pursue higher education in Romania.
Foreign Affairs Minister Douglas expressed his gratitude to Romania for its generous offer and committed the Ministry’s services in distributing the call for applications. Also, the Minister asked Romania to conduct calls for access to concessional loans, climate justice and the multi-dimensional index (MVI).