Career diplomat Sir Ronald Sanders has returned to the highest echelons of the nation’s diplomatic corps with his appointment as Antigua & Barbuda’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, a post he has held twice.
Sir Ronald, 66, served as Antigua & Barbuda’s ambassador to the UK in previous Antigua Labour Party-administrations from 1984 to 1987 and was re-appointed by Lester Bird from 1996 to 2004.
The Guyanese native, represented Antigua & Barbuda’s before the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in the early days of the online gambling disputed with the United States.
He was knighted in 2002 by Queen Elizabeth II.
Sir Ronald is a writer, columnist and international consultant.
Chief of Staff Lionel “Max” Hurst told OBSERVER media Ambassador Sanders has replaced Dr Carl Roberts who, like all other ambassadors, demitted office June 30.
Hurst, a former ambassador himself, said the government had not yet replaced all ambassadors.
He, however, said Ambassador to the United Nations Dr John Ashe would be allowed to finish his term as president of the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly and would demit office at the end of September.
Meantime, well-placed, reliable sources told OBSERVER media Ambassador Roberts is not happy with the manner in which he was made to vacate the London office. Reportedly, the locks were changed at the former diplomat’s office before he had the opportunity to move out.
Hurst said he was not aware that any locks were changed at the High Commission, but that Dr Roberts knew that his tenure was up when the government changed more than a month and a half ago.