Antigua and Barbuda has agreed to become a part of the Eastern Caribbean States (ECS) Mission in Brussels.
Chairman of the heads of government for the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), Dr. Ralph Gonsalves made the disclosure on Tuesday during the closing ceremony of the 65th Heads of Government meeting in St. Lucia.
The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister said that Antigua and Barbuda would join St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Dominica in the ECS Mission.
“At the moment, the ‘three saints’ plus Dominica are the countries which are represented through our Brussel Mission. The government of Antigua and Barbuda has agreed to become a part of that arrangement.” Dr. Gonsalves said, adding, “historically, since the People’s Revolutionary Government [in Grenada], they always had an independent representative in Brussels.”
The ECS Mission in Brussel, according to the OECS website, is a joint diplomatic mission of the OECS which advances the interests of the Eastern Caribbean States with the European Union and its institutions.
The OECS is a 10-member grouping comprising the full Member States of Antigua and Barbuda, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, with the British Virgin Islands, Anguilla and Martinique as associate members of the OECS.