By Devonne Cornelius
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The seventh meeting of the OECS Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs took place on Thursday, January 13, 2022.
St. Kitts and Nevis was represented by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Premier of Nevis the Hon. Mark Brantley.
In a Facebook post on Thursday, Hon. Brantley said he was honoured to attend the meeting which was held virtually. The meeting saw the handing over of the chairmanship from St. Kitts and Nevis to St. Lucia.
“Our OECS subregion continues to coordinate and recalibrate its foreign policy,” Brantley added.
The sixth meeting was held on September 10, 2020, under Brantley’s chairmanship and involved ministerial representation by all members of the Council except one which was represented at the level of Ambassador.
The meeting addressed issues of critical concern to the Organisation and its Member States including key developments in the international arena; the ongoing negotiations between the Organisation of African, Caribbean, and Pacific States and the European Union on a new Agreement post-Cotonou; blacklisting of States as “non-cooperative tax jurisdictions” by the European Union, BREXIT and its implications for Cariforum/UK Trade and Economic Relations; and strategic joint diplomatic and commercial engagement in specified jurisdictions.