By NAN Staff Writer
News Americas, WASHINGTON, D.C., Thurs. April 22, 2021: US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, grew to become the primary high official within the Biden administration to fulfill with CARICOM ministers of presidency Wednesday. But whereas the assembly might have been historic, Blinken introduced phrases and a “commitment to working with all countries,” however little else.
Blinken, who met just about with 14 overseas affairs ministers at 1 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, “emphasized the strong partnership between the United States and the Caribbean.” Ironically, the assembly got here only a day after his US State Department slapped “do not travel” advisories on some 15 Caribbean islands, a transfer that would additional devastate the already decimated tourism dependent economies of the area.
Nothing concrete was introduced from the assembly besides a State Department learn out quoted Blinken as saying the US “… plans to manage the COVID-19 pandemic and promote a regional economic recovery.” It additionally plans “cooperation on increasing climate resilience, and continued collaborations on strengthening security, democratic values, and human rights.”
There have been additionally extra phrases – a “US commitment to working with all countries in the region to advance bilateral and regional interests.”
Nothing about donations of vaccines or any help. In truth, the CARICOM, assertion after the assembly promoted just about the identical spiel – that the assembly “focused on the Covid-19 pandemic and its health and economic fallout for the region, recovery of the regional economy, climate change and democracy, human rights and security.” No one appeared to have elevate the journey bans, regardless of the plain affect they may have. The CARICOM Ministers additionally took the chance to induce the US to help with entry to a lot wanted vaccines which was an crucial for the area to emerge from the financial devastation brought on by the pandemic.
Blinken, in accordance with CARICOM, then mentioned he would have interaction together with his colleague US Cabinet Secretaries on the problems of mutual curiosity raised by the CARICOM Ministers.
That’s it – the tip! Not a single concrete plan or supply. Just extra phrases.
This as India, Russia and China proceed to play a ramped up recreation of excessive stakes vaccine diplomacy within the economically battered area and because the Caribbean has been relying increasingly on Asia for COVID-19 assist and vaccines, whereas the US performs cat and mouse with its Caribbean third border.