St. Kitts & Nevis In Young Diplomats Program In Turkey

The following is a press release from the Ministry of Foriegn Affairs

St. Kitts & Nevis to be represented at 14th International Young Diplomats Program in Turkey

Mr. Eustace T. Wallace, Foreign Service Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is set to travel to Ankara, Turkey on Saturday to participate in the 14th International Young Diplomats Program being coordinated by the Foreign Service Training Center of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey.

St. Kitts & Nevis will be among 48 countries participating in this six week program and it promises to be one that will enhance our own capacity in the areas of understanding Turkish foreign policy, culture, history as well as the art of diplomacy, negotiation, protocol and international politics in that key area of the world.  The program is premised on Turkey’s promise to emphasize the improvement of relations with relatively young states who are desirous of establishing a strong and effective foreign service to act as a bulwark of national growth.

This invitation comes as St. Kitts and Nevis is poised to diversify its allies across the world in strategic areas that will ultimately maximize the benefits that can be gained from its international relations. The training initiative was one positive outcome emanating from Diplomatic Week and the bilateral discussions which the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. the Hon Timothy Harris held with the representatives of Turkey.

St. Kitts and Nevis and Turkey have enjoyed close ties and have had mutually advantageous exchanges that have forged greater respect and cooperation.  Both CARICOM and Turkey have had a functional fruitful relationship over the past couple of years and have sought to renew relations in order to bolster and explore common areas of interest and cooperation.

St. Kitts & Nevis maintains a presence in Turkey vis à vis an Honorary Consul who works on behalf of the Federation and represents the Federation’s interest to Turkey.  Likewise, Turkey maintains a presence in Basseterre to oversee their interests here.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Saint Kitts & Nevis would like to register its appreciation for the ever-eager approach of the government of Turkey to cooperate with and support St. Kitts & Nevis.

Mr. Wallace while in Turkey will have an opportunity to meet with key officials, network with other participants as well as visit and tour interesting places of cultural importance.

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