Foreign Policy and Community Relations

  • Photo of CARICOM Election Observation Mission to Saint Lucia General Elections, 26 July 2021 –  Preliminary Statement

    CARICOM Election Observation Mission to Saint Lucia General Elections, 26 July 2021 – Preliminary Statement

    At the invitation of the Honourable Allen M. Chastanet, Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, the Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), His Excellency Irwin LaRocque mounted a CARICOM Election Observation Mission (CEOM) to observe the conduct of the General Elections which was held in Saint Lucia on 26 July 2021. The Advance Team comprising the Chief of Mission and the CARICOM…

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  • Photo of Elections Day in Saint Lucia

    Elections Day in Saint Lucia

    Saint Lucians are voting in General Elections today Monday 26 July 2021. Three political parties and four independent candidates are facing the electorate of about 160,000 registered voters. Prime Minister Allen Chastanet is again leading his United Workers Party (UWP) into today’s polls; Opposition Leader Phillip J Pierre is leading the main opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party; and Mr Andre…

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  • Photo of Foreign Minister Motegi Visits Jamaica (Seventh Japan-CARICOM Ministerial-Level Conference)

    Foreign Minister Motegi Visits Jamaica (Seventh Japan-CARICOM Ministerial-Level Conference)

    On July 20, commencing at 1 p.m. (3 a.m. on July 21 Japan time) for two hours, Mr. MOTEGI Toshimitsu, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, who is visiting Jamaica, attended the Seventh Japan-Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ministerial-Level Conference, which was held online. At the outset of the meeting, Minister Motegi expressed his condolences over the murder of H.E. Mr. Jovenel…

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  • Photo of CARICOM Statement on the civil Protests in Cuba

    CARICOM Statement on the civil Protests in Cuba

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has taken note of the protests taking place in Cuba brought about by socio-economic challenges, further exacerbated by the effects of the Covid 19 pandemic and the impact of natural hazards. The Community calls for the cessation of violence and vandalism and for a return to calm and peaceful assembly and dialogue. The Community reiterates its…

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  • Photo of New Ambassador of Belgium to CARICOM Accredited

    New Ambassador of Belgium to CARICOM Accredited

    CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque received the Letters of Credence from the new Ambassador of Belgium to CARICOM H.E. Hugo Verbist in a virtual ceremony on Wednesday 23 June 2021. Ambassador Verbist presented remarks during the ceremony. Read the Ambassador’s full remarks here – Remarks by H.E. Hugo Verbist CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque also addressed the ceremony. Read the…

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  • Photo of Address by new Ambassador of Belgium to CARICOM, 23 June 2021

    Address by new Ambassador of Belgium to CARICOM, 23 June 2021

    ADDRESS BY HUGO VERBIST ON THE OCCASION OF THE PRESENTATION OF CREDENTIALS AS REPRESENTATIVE OF THE KINGDOM OF BELGIUM TO CARICOM Your Excellency, I am very honored to stand here today, although virtually, to present my letter of introduction by Minister Wilmès as the Plenipotentiary Representative of the Kingdom of Belgium to the Caribbean Community. I would also like to…

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  • Photo of SG’s Remarks at Accreditation of new Belgian Ambassador to CARICOM

    SG’s Remarks at Accreditation of new Belgian Ambassador to CARICOM

    Remarks BY THE SECRETARY-GENERAL of The CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY (CARICOM) Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, on THE OCCASION of THE PRESENTATION OF CREDENTIALS BY His Excellency HUGO VERBIST Plenipotentiary Representative (Designate) of the KINGDOM OF BELGIUM TO THE CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY Via videoconference Wednesday, 23 JUNE 2021 Your Excellency Hugo Verbist, Plenipotentiary Representative of the Kingdom of Belgium to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM); Mr.…

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  • Photo of CARICOM accredits first Ambassador from the Republic of Azerbaijan

    CARICOM accredits first Ambassador from the Republic of Azerbaijan

    CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque received the Letter of Credence of H.E. Elkhan Polukhov on Wednesday 12 May 2021, accrediting him as the first Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Below we present the Remarks presented at the virtual ceremony by Ambassador Polukhov and the Secretary-General. We also present links to the photos and video…

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  • Photo of Remarks by H.E. Elkhan Polukhov, Ambassador of Azerbaijan to CARICOM

    Remarks by H.E. Elkhan Polukhov, Ambassador of Azerbaijan to CARICOM

    Excellency Irwin LaRocque Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community, Distinguished team members of the CARICOM Secretariat, Excellences, dear colleagues. It is my pleasure and honour to be accredited in the capacity of the first Plenipotentiary Representative- designate of the Republic of Azerbaijan to CARICOM. In this position I will put all my efforts and energy to build and strengthen relations between…

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  • Photo of Remarks by the Secretary-General – Accreditation Ceremony for Ambassador of Azerbaijan to CARICOM

    Remarks by the Secretary-General – Accreditation Ceremony for Ambassador of Azerbaijan to CARICOM

    Your Excellency Elkhan Polukhov, Plenipotentiary Representative of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM); Ambassador Colin Granderson, Assistant Secretary-General, Foreign and Community Relations, and other Members of Staff of the CARICOM Secretariat. Ambassador, I am indeed honoured to accept your Letter of Credence, and to extend congratulations on your appointment as the first Plenipotentiary Representative of the Republic…

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