St. Kitts sus­pends Syr­i­ans from Cit­i­zen­ship by In­vest­ment pro­gramme

The Star (St. Lucia) - - REGIONAL - – Caribbean360

Syr­i­ans have been blocked from ben­e­fit­ting from St. Kitts and Ne­vis’ Cit­i­zen­ship by In­vest­ment (CBI) pro­gramme.

Gov­ern­ment yes­ter­day an­nounced the im­me­di­ate sus­pen­sion of the pro­cess­ing of new CBI ap­pli­ca­tions from cit­i­zens and res­i­dents of Syria. The an­nounce­ment came less than two weeks af­ter mem­bers of the Is­lamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) car­ried out at­tacks in Paris, as well as the re­cent ar­rests of Syr­ian na­tion­als with fake pass­ports in Hon­duras and St. Maarten, al­though the gov­ern­ment state­ment made no men­tion of ei­ther.

The press release noted that since as­sum­ing of­fice in Fe­bru­ary of 2015, the new Unity Gov­ern­ment has pledged to re­main vig­i­lant “to pro­tect the se­cu­rity and in­tegrity of the world’s old­est and most re­spected CBI pro­gramme” and, as a con­se­quence, cer­tain leg­isla­tive changes were made to give the gov­ern­ment max­i­mum flex­i­bil­ity in ad­dress­ing se­cu­rity and re­lated con­cerns glob­ally.

It added that the gov­ern­ment would re­main vig­i­lant and re­spon­sive as it en­sures that the se­cu­rity and in­tegrity of its CBI pro­gramme re­mains the coun­try’s top pri­or­ity.

“Our in­ter­na­tional part­ners can be as­sured that St. Kitts and Ne­vis will re­main eter­nally vig­i­lant in the global ef­fort to main­tain peace and se­cu­rity for all. Our coun­try is and will re­main a trusted part­ner in this ef­fort,” Prime Min­is­ter Dr. Ti­mothy Har­ris said.

Gov­ern­ment also sought to as­sure its in­ter­na­tional part­ners that it would “al­ways seek to up­hold the prin­ci­ples of peace­ful and pro­duc­tive co­ex­is­tence while at the same time main­tain­ing our sovereignty.”

Prime Min­is­ter Dr. Ti­mothy Har­ris.

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