PM Douglas With Ambassador Schuller-Gotzburg (R)
Photo By Erasmus Williams
Basseterre, St. Kitts – Nevis
November 17, 2009 (CUOPM)
St. Kitts and Nevis and Austria pledged Tuesday to strengthen the existing good relations between both countries.
St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affiars, Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas in welcoming Austria’s new Ambassador, His Excellency Thomas Schuller-Gotzburg, thanked the Austrian Government for assisting the twin-island Federation in the areas of national security and international relations.
“As a small nation, we are establishing a cadre of professional persons in international relations and diplomacy. We will need your assistance in our continuing efforts to build the capacity and training in our human resources in our law enforcement agencies and Foreign Affairs Ministry. Austria has been helpful and I express through you, our gratitude to Austria for training our people in the areas of national security and international relations,” Prime Minister Douglas told Ambassador Schuller-Gotzburg, who was accompanied by Austria’s Honorary Consul, Mr. Reginald Amory.
Two police officers have been trained in forensics and personnel in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have undergone training in Diplomacy and International Relations. Ms. Nerys Chiverton recently completed a Master’s degree at an Austrian University.
The Austrian diplomat said his country is also offering training in Hospitality/Tourism Management and grants had been offered earlier this year to university students.
He said his Government was enthused to provide assistance for a social project in the form of a three-year secondment of an Austrian officer to work as a project manager in St. Paul’s developing agriculture and the youth.
Ambassador Schuller-Gotzburg also expressed thanks to Prime Minister Douglas for supporting Austria’s successful candidature for a non-permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council.
On Tuesday the Caracas-based Austrian diplomat presented his credentials to St. Kitts and Nevis Governor General, His Excellency Dr. Sir Cuthbert Sebastian. On Monday he toured the project in St. Paul’s.