28th January, 2016, marked a new era in the relationship between the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis and the United States of America. The Government of St. Kitts and Nevis, with its new mandate to further deepen the relationship with the United States of America has decided, in a departure from the previous practice, to have Her Excellency Thelma Philip Browne accredited to the United States of America, given the herculean task of balancing the Organisation of American States issues and advocating for the Federation’s interests in the United States.
On that day, the Federation made the first step with the formal accreditation of Her Excellency Thelma Philip Browne.
Ambassador Philip-Browne affirmed the Government’s commitment to diversification and, “economic sustainability…to encourage ingenuity and innovation, celebrate creativity and entrepreneurship…emphasise education as an exit door from poverty and an entrance to a better way of life.”
Further, Her Excellency added that the Government is committed to prepare our youth to take advantage of a “globalised workplace in an era of genetics, nanotechnology and robotics…to equip them to achieve full actualisation of their God-given potential.”
In reply, President Barack Obama noted that he looked forward to working with her and the Government to “deepen the already close relations between our countries.”
The President highlighted the long history of “cooperation and mutual support” and a friendship between the countries based on familial and cultural ties, democratic values, human rights protection, the rule of law and a “commitment to improve the security and prosperity of our citizens and those in the Caribbean region.”
The Government of St. Kitts and Nevis remains committed to ensuring the strengthening and deepening of the relationship with the United States of America which has existed since 1983. The United States has assisted the Federation with offers of training to build the capacity of the security forces.
The presentation of credentials is a traditional ceremony that marks the formal beginning of an Ambassador’s service in Washington.. In addition to Ambassador Phillip-Browne the following Ambassadors presented their credentials at the January 28th Ceremony :
- His Excellency Domingos Teixeira de Abreu Fezas Vital Ambassador of the Portuguese Republic
- His Excellency Haris Hrle Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina
- His Excellency Carlos dos Santos Ambassador of the Republic of Mozambique
- His Highness Prince Abdullah Faisal Turki Al Saud Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
- His Excellency Mohamed Siad Douale Ambassador of the Republic of Djibouti
- His Excellency Ratu Naivakarurubalavu Solo Mara Ambassador of the Republic of Fiji
- His Excellency Wolfgang Waldner Ambassador of the Republic of Austria
- His Excellency German Hugo Rojas Irigoyen Ambassador of the Republic of Paraguay
- His Excellency Martin Lousteau Ambassador of the Argentine Republic
- His Excellency Sir Nigel Kim Darroch Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
- His Excellency Grigor Hovhannissian Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia
- His Excellency Joseph Benedict Hockey Ambassador of the Commonwealth of Australia
- His Excellency Serbini Ali Ambassador of Brunei Darussalam
- His Excellency Timothy John Groser Ambassador of New Zealand