Posted: Sunday, November 29, 2020. 3:51 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: Defense leaders from the United Kingdom (UK) and the Caribbean recently concluded a virtual meeting focused on collective regional security and have agreed to make the meeting an annual event.
The meeting was attended by defense leaders from Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, The Bahamas, Belize, the Dominican Republic, Guyana, Jamaica, St Kitts-Nevis, and Trinidad and Tobago, and had a unanimous agreement that it should be held annually, according to a follow-up release issued by the UK.
UK Defence Attaché to the Caribbean, Lt Col Simon Westlake Royal Marines, explained that the participants are hoping to have a physical meeting next year, as countries discuss issues that unite the UK with Caribbean partners, and a means of driving forward developments”.
“We have common values, common interests and face shared threats — and UK Defence will work closely with our Caribbean partners to tackle the challenges that we all face,” Westlake said.
An article published in the Jamaica Observer noted that initiatives agreed to during the event will require further planning and work by the participating countries.
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