Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves addresses the General Debate of the 68th session of the U.N. General Assembly on Friday. (UN Photo/Ryan Brown)

Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves says he had accepted invitations to visit three African nations and will make the trip next year.

Gonsalves, speaking at a town hall meeting with Vincentians in New York on Saturday said, President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, President of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama, and Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Desalegn Boshe, have invited him to visit their respective countries.

He further said he will visit Qatar in November, his third trip to that nation.

“And I will do so sometime during the course of next year, and they have also accepted my invitation to visit St. Vincent and the Grenadines,” Gonsalves said.

The Vincentian leader who is in New York for the United Nation’s General Assembly, said that he does not go to the international gathering “to lime” (hangout) or “gallivant”, but to do serious work.

He further said that at the U.N. gathering, he selects and targets a number of leaders especially for specific purposes and some of these leaders request to see him.

During this trip to the United Nations, Gonsalves said he held bilateral talks with the new Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

He said that St. Vincent and the Grenadines has signed five or six agreements with Qatar, including economic and investment agreements, and agreements concerning culture and communications.

“A wide array of agreements,” Gonsalves said, adding, “Qatar is a small country in the Middle East but one of the wealthiest countries in the world and it is now looking out.”

He said that he also met with Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, prime minister of Kuwait, a country with which SVG has very good relations.

“And I have built upon the work which had been originally done by [former Vincentian prime minister] Sir James [Mitchell] when he visited Kuwait on one occasion during his prime ministership,” Gonsalves said of Sir James, who was prime minister from 1984 to October 2000.

“I’ve been there but we need to go beyond the work we do together with Kuwait through the Kuwaiti Fund for Arab Economic Development, to embrace other kinds of relationships, which is what we are working on,” he said.

Gonsalves said he also met with Prime Minister of New Zealand, John Phillip Key, the foreign secretaries of Azerbaijan and Georgia, Elmar Mammadyarov and Dr Maia Panjikidze.

“There was a time in our country when foreign policy was seen as a mere external adornment to an independent state,” Gonsalves said.

“But foreign policy, profoundly, is an extension of domestic policy and is inextricably bound with the overall development of one’s country. And, indeed, the smaller you are, the more important foreign policy is,” he further told the town hall meeting.

2 replies on “Gonsalves accepts invitations to visit South Africa, Ghana, Ethiopia”

  1. Remember what Castro once said “they the capitalists know how to earn it, we the Marxist’s know how to spend it”.

    Keep on globe trotting PM, you surely know how to spend it, whilst your at it carve yourself a bolt hole, because your going to need one.

  2. If he goes to Ethiopia there is a greater chance of him being kidnapped and ransomed, which would be a tragedy for him because we would not pay it, unless they would accept a share in the airport, where all our money is banked, they would have to accept some of the hundreds of millions debt burden that we are lumbered with. That would work under the current ULP policy, promise them everything, give them nothing. An old Castro saying adopted by our leaders as policy.

    All those countries still have rampant slavery, they sold our ancesters, and they are still selling people. They still use slaves in thoses countries. Ask them for reparations, in fact don’t ask them, tell them you have come to collect it. Take a big crocus bag, you know like the one that held the US million dollars but bigger.

    They are even using slave labour in Qatar today. Take a look at this site below.
    http://gvnet.com/humantrafficking/Qatar.htm

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