Thursday 9 April, 2020

Antigua and Barbuda to deepen European Links

Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne (left) and Urs Schnider, Switzerland’s Ambassador to Antigua and Barbuda (right).

Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne (left) and Urs Schnider, Switzerland’s Ambassador to Antigua and Barbuda (right).

Antigua and Barbuda may soon have an embassy in Geneva, Switzerland.

Prime Minister Gaston Browne welcomed Urs Schnider, Switzerland’s Ambassador to Antigua and Barbuda, yesterday and thanked him for his country’s offer of assistance to set up the diplomatic mission.

Browne said: “We need to strengthen our presence in Europe, we have had the practice of appointing honorary consuls, however that comes with some level of risk. There is no doubt that we need to have a presence in Switzerland but we do not have the finances to maintain an office there, so this gesture by your government is most appreciated. It will now help us to put a competent Antiguan there to represent us, our interest, in the World Trade Organization (WTO) and in Europe generally.”

He also expressed the twin-island nation’s support for Switzerland's Candidacy in the International Fora.

 

Get the latest local and international news straight to your mobile phone for free: