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St Maarten to pursue closer regional ties
Published on April 12, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

St Maarten's Governor, Eugene Holiday and Barbados Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean share a laugh during a recent courtesy call. (A. Miller/BGIS)

By Julie Carrington

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- St Maarten's application for associate membership in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was among the areas discussed when that country’s governor, Eugene Holiday, paid a courtesy call on Barbados’s minister of foreign affairs and foreign trade, Senator Maxine McClean.

During the recent meeting, Holiday said, since St Maarten had achieved its new constitutional status, the country was “looking to become more involved in the Caribbean”.

He added: “We are also looking forward to establishing closer bilateral ties with our sister countries. Barbados is one of those countries that stand out in the region. We have a lot of similarities when compared to other countries and I thought it was a good idea to… explore what the possibilities are.”

Holiday also raised the issue of St Maarten’s application for associate membership in CARICOM with McClean. In turn, the minister said St Maarten’s request was being actively considered and pointed out that “it is very critical for us as a regional project to embrace other countries within the region”.

Barbados and St Maarten established diplomatic ties on December 12, 1969.
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