US envoy ends tour of duty
United States Ambassador to Barbados Dr Larry Palmer is returning home after three years and eight months at the helm of the US Embassy in Bridgetown.
During a farewell call yesterday on Minister of Foreign Affairs, Senator Maxine McClean, Ambassador Palmer said that while he has left posts before, this time around he felt he was leaving “true friends and wonderful relationships”.
“It has been marvellous. I have never felt as well received or as comfortable,” he said, adding that he especially enjoyed being able to move around the island freely, mix with the local people, especially the vendors at the Cheapside Market, the organic farmers and people on the beaches.
Palmer told the Minister that one of his top priorities when he returned home was to start “a Barbados Fund” to finance his annual return for month-long vacations.
He described Barbados as one of the United States’ staunchest allies in the region and thanked the Foreign Minister for all her support and cooperation during his tenure here.
Senator McClean stressed the importance of Barbados’ relationship with the United States, noting that during Palmer’s assignment, the two countries had been able to address a number of important issues, including security.
This is Dr Palmer’s final overseas assignment. He plans to retire soon after his return home.