Antigua and Barbuda Welcomes New Chilean Ambassador
Wednesday 20th February, 2019-His Excellency Mr. Francisco J. Bernales, the Republic of Chile’s new Ambassador to Antigua and Barbuda, paid a courtesy call on the Honourable Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, to discuss issues of mutual interest, and ways to strengthen bilateral relations going forward.
At the beginning of the courtesy call, Prime Minister Browne extended a warm welcome to the Chilean Ambassador and congratulated him on his new appointment. In addition, the Prime Minister affirmed his keenness to strengthen bilateral relations and noted that Chile was one of the first countries to offer assistance following the devastation wrought by Hurricanes Irma and Maria on Barbuda in 2017.
During the discussion, Prime Minister Browne stated that over the years, Antigua and Barbuda have benefitted from Chile’s assistance in capacity building, and took the opportunity to highlight fisheries, agriculture, entrepreneurship, and sports, as new potential areas of bilateral cooperation.
In response, Ambassador Bernales expressed his honor to be accredited as the Republic of Chile’s Ambassador to Antigua and Barbuda and communicated his eagerness to further intensify bilateral relations. The Chilean Ambassador alluded to the Government of Chile’s desire to enter into a free-trade agreement with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and stated that the agreement would serve to bolster relations between Chile and Antigua and Barbuda, as a member of CARICOM. The Chilean Ambassador also reiterated the Prime Minister’s interest to explore new avenues of cooperation, including football.
During his visit to Antigua and Barbuda, Ambassador Bernales, who is based in Jamaica, presented his Letters of Credence to His Excellency Sir Rodney Williams, GCMG, KGN, KStJ, GCFO, MBBS, Governor General of Antigua and Barbuda, officially accrediting him as the Ambassador of the Republic of Chile to Antigua and Barbuda.