The Information Minister Melford Nicholas has announced that the former Honorary Consul to Miami, Gilbert Boustany has been named the Ambassador Designate to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
“The Cabinet had discussed that for the time being, I believe, Gilbert Boustany will fill the breach for the time being until we have another permanent appointment. But Ambassador Gilbert Boustany, who now works from Miami will be asked to facilitate that interim position as ambassador,” Nicholas said.
Boustany has been appointed to the post left vacant by Casroy James who had resigned on March 31 after he was asked to explain his involvement in an alleged bribe in connection with the Odebrecht scandal.
Late last month, the Government’s Chief of Staff Lionel “Max” Hurst reported that James had submitted a three-page document explaining that he was stepping down “to avoid the swirling accusations and allegations that are aimed at the government”.
Nicholas made the disclosure of Boustany’s appointment to the unpaid post, during a post-Cabinet press briefing yesterday.
As the ambassador designate, Boustany is responsible for promoting investment and fostering cultural relations with the UAE. He is also charged with “strengthening the bonds of friendship with UAE and Antigua & Barbuda”, according to Hurst.
Efforts to reach Boustany for comment were unsuccessful up to press time.
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