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CARIBBEAN | CARICOM Heads congratulate Biden and Harris

Featured President Elect Joe Biden and Vioce President Elect Kamala Harris . President Elect Joe Biden and Vioce President Elect Kamala Harris .
MONTEGO BAY Jamaica November 7, 2020 - Caribbean heads of government have extended congrtatulations to  President-elect of the United States of America Joseph Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, following the November 3, elections in the United States, making Biden the 46thUS President.

In his congratulatory message, Jamaica's Prime Minister Andrew Holness said : “On behalf of the Government and people of Jamaica, I extend heartiest congratulations to the President-elect and Vice President-elect of the United States Joseph R. Biden and Kamala Harris.

The United States of America will have its first woman and person of colour as Vice President in Kamala Harris. We are proud that she has Jamaican heritage. Her ascension to the role of VP is a monumental accomplishment for women all over the world and I salute her. Jamaica looks forward to the continued strong bilateral relations with our largest trading partner, the US, particularly as we work to stimulate our economies in the face of the COVID19 pandemic.”

Antigua and Barbuda's Prime Minister Gaston Browne said on behalf of the people and government of Antigua and Barbuda and on my own behalf, congrartulate you warmly on your election as the 46th President of the United States of America. I recall our work together while you served as Vice President to advance the security and well being of the United States and its neighbours in trhe Caribbean. I especially recall with appreciation, the work that you had started on building  security in energy and my participation with you in conferences to facilitate progress in this vital area."

Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley in a statement said "America has spoken and the world is inspired.

The people and Government of Barbados warmly congratulate President-Elect Joe Biden and his Vice President Elect Kamala Harris, the first woman and person of colour to hold that position.

I am sure that we in the Caribbean will look forward with optimism to working with the new administration to confront a number of global Issues from the awful pandemic to the climate crisis to the pursuit of racial justice.

There is much work for the world to do if we are to lift up our people across the globe to fight these issues that know no boundaries but require character and leadership to defeat them."

Antigua and Barbuda's Prime Minister Gaston Browne said on behalf od the people and government of Antigua and Barbuda and on my own behalf, congrartulate you warmly on your election as the 46th President of the United States of America.

I recall our work together while you served as Vice President to advance the security and well being of the United States and its neighbours in trhe Caribbean. I especially recall nwith appreciation, the work that you had started on buiulding  security in energy and my participation with you in conferences to facilitate progress in this vital area."

“Allow me also to note that today, November 7th, 2020, marks 48 years to the day when you were first elected to Congress as a 29-year old. Your stamina and energy – and most importantly your commitment to public service for the people of the United States has been exemplary and outstanding,” Browne said, extending congratulations on behalf of the people and government of Antigua and Barbuda.

“As you begin to plan for your assumption of office in January 2021, I know that you will be cognizant the Caribbean is the “third border” of the United States and that our governments have a joint responsibility to cooperate in economic and social development that will keep our collective neighbourhood prosperous.

“I greatly look forward to our two governments working closely together to meet the great challenges of our time, including ending the COVID-19 pandemic, restoring our economies to full strength, putting our people into the fullest employment possible, tackling the existential threat posed by climate change, and making our world a safer place for all.

I wish you every success as you prepare to take up office and I pray for the success of your administration and for the well-being of all people of the United States,” Browne wrote in his letter to Biden.

St. Lucia’s Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, said he had been watching “along with you and the rest of the world, the elections in the United States” and that the “results indicate that the American people have decided that Joseph Biden and Kamala Harris will be their leaders.

“On behalf of the Government and People of St. Lucia I congratulate the President-elect and Vice President-elect. The United States has long been a friend to St.Lucia and we very much look forward to that relationship continuing. Initiatives important to our mutual interests include economic prosperity, climate change and security,” he added.

For his part, the Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Mitchell said “given the close familial ties of both our countries and our joint economic and security connections, we look forward to the strengthening of those bonds in the months and years ahead.

“We, as Caribbean people filled with pride, extend a special accolade to Vice President-elect Kamala Harris as we acknowledge her Caribbean roots and wish both officeholders a very successful term, not only for the American citizens but for all the people of the world,” he added.

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  • Countries: CARICOM

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