The Hon. Mark Brantley, representing the Fedearation in his capacity as Minister of Foreign Affairs is attending the II CELAC-EU Meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs taking place in Brussels.
This morning, the St Kitts and Nevis top diplomat attended a meeting of Ministers of CARIFORUM, where they received a report from their Jamaican counterpart, Hon. Kamina Johnson-Smith, the current Chair of the African, Caribbean and African States, regarding the progress in consultations with the African Union (AU), and the Pacific to ascertain their commitment for maintaining the Group.
The meeting also considered the draft speaking notes for the engagement the CARIFORUM Ministers will have with their EU counterpart, Federica Mogherinii, the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, review the draft agenda for the CELAC-EU Ministerial, agree on interventions and consider the Joint Press Release to be issued at the close of the CELAC-EU Ministerial meeting.
Following that early meeting, Minister Brantley attended the opening of the CELAC-EU Meeting of Foreign Ministers. In her opening remarks, the EU High Representative said that from hereon, the relationship should be considered a “partnership amongst equals.” The High Representative stated that while Latin America and the Caribbean has been a region that has significantly reduced inequalities, it is also a region that
is most unequal. Addressing the meeting, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of El Salvador, Minister Castañeda, the Pro-Tempore Chair of CELAC called for solidarity in multilateral fora to uphold the common values of both regions.
It is anticipated that the Plenary will continue late into the evening, addressing topics such as consolidating multi-lateralism and strengthening our cooperation in global forums, implentation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and working together for inclusive and sustainable economic trade, investments and productivity.
The Minister will join his CELAC and EU colleagues for Dinner to be hosted by the EU’s High Representative.
Tomorrow, the CELAC and EU Ministers will adopt the Declaration of the meeting and approve the amendments to Chapter II of the CELAC-EU Action Plan. The meeting closes on 17th July 2018.