The establishment of an embassy of the Dominican Republic in Antigua and Barbuda was key among the topics held between Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda the Hon Gaston Browne and His Excellency Danilo Medina, President of the Dominican Republic when they met at the Fifth Summit of the Heads of State/Government of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).
The summit, which took place last week in Punta Cana, the Dominican Republic, saw matters of mutual interest with a view to further promoting cooperation between both countries high on the agenda.
On the matter of establishing the Dominican Republic’s first embassy in the country, PM Browne said his Government would be willing to offer a minimum of one (1) acre of land free of cost to the Dominican Republic for the construction of the embassy.
In addition, Prime Minister Browne noted the tremendous potential of the relations between both countries, which is underpinned by strong people-to-people links, and joint coordination in forums such as CELAC and the Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM). He stated that Antigua and Barbuda would welcome the further development of investment and business ties with the Dominican Republic, and pointed out that Antigua and Barbuda would serve as an excellent platform for trade reach into OECS and CARICOM markets.
Prime Minister Browne also mentioned the possibility of exploring bilateral cooperation in the realm of health-care, given that the Spanish speaking country possesses expertise and high-level medical facilities that can be utilized by Antigua and Barbudan citizens seeking medical treatment abroad.
In response, President Medina affirmed the Dominican Republic’s keenness to bolster ties with Antigua and Barbuda, and agreed to establish diplomatic presence in Antigua and Barbuda. He informed that as a step to enhancing cooperation between the two countries, the Foreign Minister of the Dominican Republic, His Excellency Miguel Vargas, would visit Antigua and Barbuda to discuss bilateral possibilities in further detail.