ST. JOHN’S, Antigua and Barbuda, Jan. 29, CMC – President of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina has agreed to establish diplomatic presence in Antigua and Barbuda.
He made the statement during a recent meeting with Prime Minister Gaston Bowne on the margins of the recently concluded fifth Summit of the Heads of State/Government of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).
This stemmed from a discussion during which Browne said his government would like to see the Dominican Republic to establish its first embassy here and this would serve to further strengthen bilateral relations.
Based on this, the Prime Minister indicated that his Government would offer a minimum of one acre of land free of cost to the Dominican Republic for the construction of an embassy.
Browne took note of the tremendous potential of the relations between both countries, which is underpinned by strong people-to-people links, and joint coordination in fora such as CELAC and the Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM). He said Antigua and Barbuda would welcome the further development of investment and business ties with the Dominican Republic, and pointed out that island would serve as an excellent platform for trade reach into OECS and CARICOM markets.
Browne also mentioned the possibility of exploring bilateral cooperation in the realm of health-care, given that the Dominican Republic possesses expertise and high-level medical facilities that can be utilized by Antiguans seeking medical treatment abroad.
Medina said that as a step to enhancing cooperation between the two countries, the Foreign Minister of the Dominican Republic, Miguel Vargas, would visit Antigua and Barbuda to discuss bilateral possibilities in further detail.