London,England (17 April, 2018) – Continuing a robust bilateral agenda in the margins of CHOGM, the Hon. Mark Brantley met with the Hon Mr Mbuso Clement Dlamini, Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of Swaziland.
During this very cordial and friendly engagement, the Hon. Mark Brantley drew comparison between St Kitts and Nevis and Swaziland highlighting that they are the smallest countries in the Caribbean and Africa. The Minister used this fact as a rationale for engaging, not only on a country to country level, but also on a greater scale, region to region. Minister Brantley stated that while geography has encouraged us to look north for cooperation; there are historical reasons why we should look south to increase and enhance our interaction. He further indicated that the Caribbean has routinely convened summits with countries in Europe, Asia and North and South America and that it was opportune and practical for there to be a Caribbean- Africa Summit.
The Ministers also discussed possibilities for cultural cooperation and deepened engagement especially in preparation for the post-Cotonou era.
Before concluding the brief encounter, the St Kitts and Nevis Minister of Foreign Affairs expressed a keen interest in encouraging people to people contacts through the signing of a visa waiver agreement between both countries. The Swaziland Acting Foreign Minister welcomed this proposal and indicated a high probability that this can occur this year during the upcoming General Assembly in New York.
Accompanying Minister Brantley to the meeting were Permanent Secretary Bass, High Commissioner Isaac and Minister Counsellor Wilkin Armbrister.