“The links between the United States and Antigua and Barbuda are long, strong and enduring”.
This statement was made on Sunday by Antigua and Barbuda’s Ambassador to the United States, Sir Ronald Sanders, at a Church Service in Washington DC, marking the 36th anniversary of Antigua and Barbuda’s Independence.
Speaking to an audience of the Antigua and Barbuda diaspora and diplomatic representatives of other nations, Sir Ronald observed that the links between the two countries “existed before the independence of the United States from Britain in 1776”. He said, “Antigua always was, and remains today, a strong trading partner with the US”.
The Antigua and Barbuda Ambassador explained that “Evidence of the commitment to those trade links was Antigua’s resistance to British Navigation Acts that sought to punish the United States after 1776 by prohibiting trade with its colonies in the Caribbean”.
Ambassador Sanders said that “like many other nations in the Caribbean, Antigua’s desire for independence was inspired by the United American States.
He said that “it is no passing coincidence that 36 years ago, the framers of the Independence Constitution of Antigua and Barbuda, laid down similar principles to those set out in the US Declaration of Independence, especially that all men are entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
Declaring that the harmful effects of Climate Change is now the biggest threat to the independence and existence of Antigua and Barbuda, Sir Ronald told the audience “this is why Antigua and Barbuda has to be in the forefront of the battle against Climate Change”.
Remarking on the harmful effects of hurricanes, he said, “We may be bowed, but we are not beaten. We were knocked-down many times and still we stood up every time”.
The Church service, celebrating Antigua and Barbuda’s 36th Independence anniversary on November 1st, was held at the Holy Comforter Episcopal Church.