By Caribbean News Global contributor
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — Barbados, Chile and Serbia have agreed to ramp up their relationship deepen bilateral relationships following separate meetings between the minister of foreign affairs and foreign trade, Senator Dr Jerome Walcott, and Chile’s minister of foreign affairs, Andres Allamand; and a meeting with the Republic of Serbia, held in the margins of the United Nations General Assembly, (UNGA76).
Barbados and Chile
Minister Walcott was in New York accompanying prime minister, Mia Amor Mottley at the United Nations General Assembly, held several bilateral meetings with global counterparts.
Minister Walcott and his Chilean counterpart agreed that there was scope for closer cooperation between the two countries, in particular in the areas of training and disaster management.
The two sides are expected to meet again before the end of the year to identify the specifics of the enhanced cooperation programme
Barbados and Chile established diplomatic relations in 1967 and have enjoyed close relations. Prime minister Mottley met with Chile’s president, Sebastien Pinera in 2018 and former Chilean president, Michelle Bachelet visited Barbados in 2017.
Barbados and Serbia
During a meeting held in the margins of the UNGA76, foreign affairs minister Walcott, and minister of foreign affairs of the Republic of Serbia, Nikola Selaković, discussed cooperation in the areas of tourism, sports, higher education and information and communication technology.
Minister Selaković informed that his country had started to manufacture COVID-19 vaccines and was in a position to assist Barbados in the fight against the pandemic.
The relationship between the two countries was formalized in 1977; moreover, Barbados took a significant step to consolidate the relationship when on September 6, 2021, permanent representative of Barbados to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva, Chad Blackman, presented credentials to president of the Republic of Serbia, Aleksander Vučić.