Her Excellency Candace A. Bond, the newly-appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, has said Trinidad and Tobago remains a priority in US foreign policy.
Ambassador Bond made the statement during her courtesy call to the Ministry of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs on Thursday, December 8, at the Ministry’s headquarters at Prada Street, St. Clair. Her Excellency met with Energy Minister Stuart Young MP, who is acting as Foreign and CARICOM Affairs Minister while Dr Amery Browne is out of the country on State business.
The courtesy call took place prior to Ambassador Bond’s presentation of her Letters of Credence to Her Excellency Paula-Mae Weekes O.R.T.T., President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, which took place at President’s House later that morning.
“Ambassador Bond informed that Trinidad and Tobago—and by extension the Caribbean—continue to hold very high priority for the foreign policy of United States,” a release from the Ministry reported.
“Her Excellency in turn stated that she is looking forward to future engagements with the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to bolster the already strong relationship between both countries,” it added.
The release also noted that Minister Young extended a warm welcome to Ambassador Bond and acknowledged the very friendly and long-standing relations between the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and the United States of America, noting that the United States remains this country’s largest trade partner and that strong ties also exist in the security and energy sectors.
“The Minister further expressed that the Government of Trinidad and Tobago was eager to further strengthen the bilateral relationship between the two countries under Ambassador Bond’s stewardship. He acknowledged the outstanding work of the Embassy of the United States, preceding the arrival of the new Ambassador and expressed his confidence that this would continue under Ambassador Bond’s tenure,” the Ministry noted in the release.
Her Excellency’s husband, Steven Brent Mc Keever, and her daughter Maddox Bond Mc Keever, both expressed their pleasure to be in Trinidad and Tobago. They had accompanied Ambassador Bond on the courtesy call.
The Ministry also reports that the meeting ended cordially with both parties committing to further active engagement on bilateral issues of mutual interest in the near future.