17th January, 2015 (St. John’s Antigua). Antigua and Barbuda and the United Arab Emirates have pledged to forge closer ties.  During a visit to St. John’s last week, Minister of State of the United Arab Emirates Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy and delegation, told the Honourable Gaston Browne Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda and the Honourable Charles Fernandez Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Immigration that both states share common interests on the bilateral and multilateral fronts.

Prime Minister Browne welcomed Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy and delegation to Antigua and Barbuda and to the Office of the Prime Minister and expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to meet with her.

(Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy
Minister of State of the United Arab Emirates pays Official Visit)

The Nation’s leader expressed his appreciation for the contribution the Government of the UAE made to the development of Antigua and Barbuda in the areas of health and information technology (ICTs) and welcomed the establishment of new areas of co-operation and alliance building.

Prime Minister Browne also shared with Her Excellency his government’s plan to abolish visa requirements for UAE nationals to Antigua and Barbuda and welcomes the establishment of a UAE Mission in the country.

Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy expressed her gratitude for the opportunity to visit the twin island State as her first official visit and also had the privilege to visit the Villa Primary School. Her Excellency also expressed her appreciation for Antigua and Barbuda’s support for EXPO 2020 and assured Prime Minister Browne that the UAE is keen on exploring opportunities in investment and education and is willing to cooperate and strengthen relations with Antigua and Barbuda and the OECS Economic Union, as the country plans to address issues of critical importance to the development of small island states.

During her visit to Antigua and Barbuda, Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy and delegation also paid courtesy calls to His Excellency Sir Rodney Williams, Governor General of Antigua and Barbuda, Ambassador Colin Murdoch, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Immigration and Ambassador-designate to the UAE, His Excellency Casroy James and other senior Government Officials. Her Excellency also toured the site for the Callalloo Project at Morris Bay, to be developed by Sheik Tariq Faisal Alqassemi of Dubai.