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Outgoing ambassadors will continue to serve Jamaica

Published:Monday | March 28, 2016 | 12:00 AM


There are reports that our ambassadors who had been politically appointed have tendered their resignations upon the assumption of office by a new administration. That is, as it should be, in accordance with good form.

Jamaicans are grateful to them for their service as they sought to follow the tradition and example set by so many who went before them, of helping to keep our nation's diplomatic architecture firmly within respected bounds.

What also shines through is that their sterling contribution to the development of our country, including in our interchange with our international partners, preceded their appointments and will, no doubt, continue on into their next chapter.

They demit office at a moment in time when a US President has set foot on Cuban soil - light years away, it seems, from the nervy days of the Kennedy-Kruschev stand-off. That should push Jamaica even more so to strengthen our call for all diplomatic and economic walls between Washington and Havana to be removed.

We are satisfied that, in these collective urgings, Jamaica's voice is not ignored.

Dr Morais Guy, MP

Opposition Spokesperson

Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade