ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Opposition Leader of the Antigua Labour Party (ALP) Gaston Browne has told Dominicans that there is an “open door” for them in Antigua & Barbuda, while praising Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit for his commitment to regionalism.
“The people of Dominica must be assured that there is always an open door to them in Antigua & Barbuda; and the people of Antigua & Barbuda must be equally assured that Dominicans stand with them shoulder to shoulder,” he told cheering supporters of the Dominica Labour Party (DLP).
The ALP head made the remarks while addressing the delegates’ conference of the DLP in the south-western community of Point Michel over the weekend.
At the conference, Skerrit’s entire executive was returned unopposed to lead the party into the next general election.
Browne told DLP supporters that he did not want to get involved in the domestic affairs of Dominica but noted, “I must take the opportunity to endorse my friend, your prime minister, the Hon Roosevelt Skerritt and his team as the most competent and experienced political team to preside over the continued advancement of Dominica and the Dominican people.
He noted that unlike some regional leaders, Skerrit has shown leadership in advancing the regional integration agenda and was not among prime ministers paying “lip service” to integration.
“He (Skerrit) has had the courage to speak out against those who pay lip service to freedom of movement of people in our one Caribbean. He has pointed out that while our Caribbean brothers and sisters are being denied entry to our countries to contribute their skills – work permits are being issued to persons from outside the region,” the ALP leader said, adding that other leaders should follow his example.
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