The millions owed to Antigua and Barbuda by the United States following the World Trade Organizations’ long-running gaming dispute was among matters discussed when Prime Minister Gaston Browne met with US Senator Christopher Dodd on Tuesday
Dodd, a special presidential advisor for the Americas met with Browne on the heels of the Flag Raising Ceremony at Chaguaramas in Trinidad and Tobago
Boosting LIAT’s capacity to deal with regional transpiration and the US’s desire to select two North Eastern Caribbean countries as destinations to establish US embassies were also discussed.
Browne had said that he is confident that Antigua and Barbuda will be selected since it has done the work and the level of infrastructure, its modern airport, and being the fastest growing economy in the OECS.
Both distinguished men also spoke about US-China relations and Venezuela’s Petro Caribe initiative, agreeing to follow up on the matters discussed.
During their talks, the US also reaffirmed its commitment to strengthening cooperation and relations with Antigua and Barbuda and the rest of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
PM Browne applauded what he described as the warming and strengthening of relations between Washington and St Johns which he said continues to strengthen under President Joe Biden.
“The US is a wonderful friend of the Caribbean, and you Senator are also a great envoy of President Biden,” Browne said
For his part, Senator Dodd said that the Caribbean remains an area of special interest for the US, which is underscored by the recent visit and engagement by Vice President Harris in the Bahamas.
The meeting took place at the Hyatt hotel where the 45th Conference of Heads of Government is meeting to look at several key agenda items.
Meanwhile, Heads of governments also received guests from friendly countries and international organizations including the Peoples Republic of China, the Prime Minister of South Korea, and the Ambassador/Special Envoy of Mexico among others.
The Heads and senior officials also received a visit and extended greetings to former Secretary General Sir Edwin Carrington, who played a critical role in shaping the course of the Community over many years.