Monday, 24th June, 2019
The attention of the Office of the Prime Minister has been drawn to an unfortunate and malicious statement from the Opposition Labour Party regarding certain conversations between the Honourable Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis and his colleague, the Honourable Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda.
It seems that the Douglas-led Labour Party has stooped to a new moral low ground in its campaign of lies, innuendo and mischief to destabilize the country using foreign actors of the likes of Alki David and the discredited Cambridge Analytica.
For the public record, the said Minister arrived in St. Kitts and Nevis on a private political mission, and yet was warmly welcomed by a protocol officer from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and another officer who drove him to the Marriott Resort. The Minister was further assisted with his departure in a similar manner by the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis. At no point before or after his arrival were any threats made or was anyone’s security at risk.
It is well known that Ministers of Government traveling on private business are usually not accorded protocolary services of the visiting State.
It is unfortunate that in spite of kind courtesies in facilitating a Minister on his private political mission, the said allegations would emerge.
The Office of the Prime Minister will not be drawn into a distraction of the moment.
Having regard to the excellent relations between our two governments and between our Prime Minister and his counterpart in Antigua and Barbuda, the Office of the Prime Minister assures that Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris and Prime Minister the Honourable Gaston Browne have excellent relations and converse regularly on a range of issues of mutual interest to our two countries – and this will continue. The Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, in keeping with well-established protocol, will take care to preserve the confidentiality of such conversations.
The Office of the Prime Minister will continue to work resolutely on behalf of our people, providing jobs, assisting the poor, encouraging peace and goodwill among the people, attracting foreign investors of high integrity with no intention to “conquer” our people, and facilitating alternative pathways to legitimate endeavours for our people.
It is this proud record that a discredited Opposition is attempting to distract from and diminish, but the people of St. Kitts and Nevis can see through the smoke screen and subterfuge.
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