St. Kitts-Nevis Foreign Affairs Minister Hon. Mark Brantley states that only through a united approach can the hemisphere advance collective agendas and tackle common challenges.
The Minister was part of the St. Kitts-Nevis delegation to the 7th Summit of the Americas hosted by Panama April 10-11. Brantley assumed leadership of the delegation for the plenary session as Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Timothy Harris departed the event early due to another engagement in New York.
Speaking on behalf of the smallest nation at the gathering, Brantley told hemispheric Heads of State that St. Kitts and Nevis remains resolute in its commitment to be a driving force towards a unified Hemisphere.
“A Hemisphere rooted in cooperation so that we may tackle and create solutions to combat poverty and strengthen the many facets of our economies. Our people depend on and entrust us as Heads and decision-makers to chart a sustainable and positive course for their livelihoods and for generations.”
The diplomat called on the leaders to leave the Summit with a clear plan of action for the people of the region that would address their shared concerns and goals.
“…those shared concerns and goals brought us here today and we must execute this charge with urgency.”
Brantley’s message of unity was felicitous against the backdrop of first time Summit attendee Cuba’s Raul Castro meeting with Us President Barack Obama since the mollification of relations between the countries.
The historic Summit saw for the first time, all 35 members of the Organization of American States represented. Leaders from North, Central and South America discussed issues affecting the region such as trade, security, energy and migration at the momentous gathering.