US urged to clar­ify pol­icy to­wards Caribbean

The Star (St. Lucia) - - REGIONAL -

Gre­nada’s Prime Min­is­ter Dr Keith Mitchell has

called for clar­ity re­gard­ing the pol­icy of the United States to­wards the Caribbean. Mitchell is­sued the call on Thurs­day as he par­tic­i­pated in a World Bank con­fer­ence – “The Caribbean Dilemma” — ex­am­in­ing the so­cio-eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion in the Caribbean.

“The re­al­ity is that we need to be very clear on the fun­da­men­tal US pol­icy at this time,” said Mitchell dur­ing a panel dis­cus­sion.

The Gre­na­dian prime min­is­ter also said en­gage­ment on a re­gional level with the Don­ald Trump Ad­min­is­tra­tion “is cru­cial”.

“With no dis­cus­sion on is­sues such as de­por­ta­tion, we won’t’ have the level of se­cu­rity in the re­gion that is needed. We need our big brother in the north to come to terms with us. I am pray­ing that we will see this,” he said. Mitchell said the re­gion is tak­ing the ini­tia­tive to have en­gage­ment with the United States.

“But I must ad­mit that the steps we are see­ing so far are not look­ing good.” Mean­while, Prime Min­is­ter Allen Chas­tanet of St Lu­cia, who is also at­tend­ing the con­fer­ence, said there are mu­tual ben­e­fits to­wards work­ing closely with the United States.

“None of us are beg­ging, I want to make that very clear. The only re­gion in the world that the US has a trade sur­plus with is the Caribbean and that’s not go­ing to change. It’s to their mu­tual ben­e­fit. Look at these lit­tle dots [in the Caribbean]… Phys­i­cally, we are ac­tu­ally big­ger than Mex­ico and there is a mu­tual ben­e­fit to all of us to be able to work to­gether and to get them [the US] to work on some poli­cies,” he said.

The con­fer­ence, ti­tled is part of the Amer­i­cas Con­fer­ence sched­ule hosted by the World Bank in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Mi­ami Her­ald.

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