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PM issues statement on US-Cuba relations

The Office of the Prime Minister has issued a statement on the improving diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba. Read the statement here. 

Friday, December 19, 2014
Friday, December 19, 2014

Here follows a statement by the Office of the Prime Minister issued December 18:

The government of The Bahamas anticipated and welcomes this new hemispheric political development of normalized relations between the US and the Republic of Cuba and believes this to be useful and good for the Inter-America system and the hemisphere generally.

With this, all 33 countries in the hemisphere, from Canada in the north to Chile in the south now enjoy some level of formal diplomatic ties. This is consistent with the foreign policy philosophy of the Bahamas government – to have peaceful and good relations with your neighbours.

We believe that this agreement will lead to a reduction in tensions in the region and as for The Bahamas, it is hoped the beneficial impact will manifest itself in the area of a reduction in illegal migration into this country from Cuba and greater opportunities for Bahamian businesses.

This is a step in the right direction and one the Bahamas government had anticipated given the discussions between my government and our Cuban counterparts both in the Organization of American States and in Cuba during the CARICOM-Cuba Summit.

In this new dispensation of regional diplomacy, the government of the Bahamas is committed to greater collaboration with all of our neighbours on national issues of mutual concern including tourism, health care, education, international trade and commerce including agriculture.

Two cruise ships made inaugural trips to The Bahamas last week, reflecting the jurisdiction's continued dominance in this sector in the region. Watch a video about the visits here.

The Bahamas is the top destination to enjoy the benefits of private jet charter flights during last year's peak winter season, which resulted in total revenues across the Caribbean region of $867 million from 12,566 flights, according to Elite Traveler Magazine.

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