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Diplomats call on minister

Minister of Health John Boyce received courtesy calls from Canadian High Commissioner, Richard Hanley, and United States Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Larry L. Palmer, at his office at the Ministry of Health, Culloden Road, St. Michael last Friday.

Boyce, in welcoming the Canadian high commissioner, said that Barbados had enjoyed “very good” relationships at the highest level with Canada over the years.

“We enjoy strong representations from Barbadians in Canada and from their offspring. We also have strong organisations rooted in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal,” the minister noted.

Hanley explained that the relationship between Barbados and Canada was based on longstanding economic, cultural and “people ties”, which was the reason why “things go so well between the two countries”.

The diplomat added that his country’s main goals were creating economic prosperity; improving security as well as fighting insecurity in the region; and increasing engagement within the region.

“Generally, all of the programmes and activities in the High Commission look towards those three goals,” he said.

Palmer said the American Embassy had conducted several projects with the Queen Elizabeth Hospital during the year and looked forward to continually working with the Ministry of Health.

“The American Embassy portfolio that sometimes gets the most press is our security portfolio because we do so much in the Caribbean based on security initiatives. But, actually, one of the biggest portfolios, in terms of monies spent, is on the health side,” he pointed out.

Barbados established diplomatic relations with the United States and Canada on November 30, 1966.

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