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”.

Outgoing United  States Ambassador  to Barbados Dr Larry Palmer
Outgoing United States Ambassador to Barbados Dr Larry Palmer

“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.

3 Responses to US envoy ends tour of duty

  1. Corey Worrell January 14, 2016 at 5:54 am

    I was privileged to meet Mr. Palmer a few times and each time the interaction was very pleasant.

    Mr. Palmer is a very approachable man who is very kind and genuine in his approach and interactions.

    When I first met him, I was very shocked at how easy going he was.

    I don’t think I have ever heard other diplomats or senior government officials present speeches as short as his.

    Enjoy your retirement and the next season of your life and maybe you will get the opportunity to return to the classroom as a lecturer.

  2. Martha Berry
    Martha Berry January 14, 2016 at 7:48 am

    You will be greatly missed!

  3. Mike January 14, 2016 at 8:09 am

    He certainly was one of the best and coolest ambassadors we have seen so far in Barbados. He blend in quite naturally and I hope he can return and enjoy more of our beautiful island


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