PM Harris Expresses Solidarity with Turkey In Wake of Terrorist Attack

BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, JUNE 29TH, 2016 (PRESS SEC) – Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris strongly condemns yesterday’s terrorist attack in Istanbul, Turkey, which killed 41 persons and left more than 230 injured at its main international airport.

“The people of St. Kitts and Nevis, and the Caribbean in general, stand with our ally Turkey and its people during this incredibly difficult time. Turkey has experienced a number of major attacks over the past year, and we in CARICOM roundly condemn these despicable actions and send our thoughts and prayers to all of the Turkish people, particularly the victims and their loved ones,” Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris of St. Kitts and Nevis said today.

A “Memorandum of Understanding for the Establishment of a Consultation and Cooperation Mechanism” was signed on September 21st, 2011 between the Government of the Republic of Turkey and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) during the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Turkey’s then-Minister of Foreign Affairs His Excellency Ahmet Davutoğlu, who went on to become Prime Minister from August 2014 to May 2016, signed the M.O.U. and Secretary-General His Excellency Ambassador Irwin LaRocque signed on behalf of CARICOM.

In April 2012, the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis and the Republic of Turkey signed a mutual visa waiver agreement to enable their nationals who hold valid passports to enter and stay for up to 90 days in each other’s country. Mr. Dennis Michael Morton, J.P. is the Honorary Consul-General for St. Kitts and Nevis to Turkey. Mr. Morton received his instruments of appointment to the post on June 25th, 2003.

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