Barbados, Chile to strengthen relations

(From left) President of the Republic of Chile, Michelle Bachelet; Prime Minister Freundel Stuart; and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean, during their meeting at Ilaro Court on Thursday. (C.Pitt/BGIS)
(From left) President of the Republic of Chile, Michelle Bachelet; Prime Minister Freundel Stuart; and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean, during their meeting at Ilaro Court on Thursday. (C.Pitt/BGIS)

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and President of the Republic of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, have expressed a keen desire for both countries to strengthen and expand their 50-year-old friendship.

They expressed this wish today during a courtesy call and reiterated it later when officials from both countries met for a working meeting at Ilaro Court. Mr. Stuart pointed out that Chile was the first Latin America country Barbados established diplomatic relations with after its Independence.

President Bachelet added that it was necessary to examine areas both countries needed to collaborate on and look to see how they could be expanded.

During the hour-long talks, Prime Minister Stuart and President Bachelet discussed climate change and the effects of non-biodegrable materials on the environment, including marine life; the situation in Venezuela and CARICOM’s response; and the Air Services Agreement which was signed in November 2013, and entered into force last year, among others.

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