Climate Change & Security Focus Of Talks

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A number of issues related to climate change and security were discussed recently, when French Ambassador, Eric de La Moussaye, met with Barbados??? Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade , Senator Maxine McClean.

During the meeting, which took place at the Minister???s Culloden Road, St. Michael office, Mr. de La Moussaye said that he was impressed with Barbados??? commitment to climate change and the way that officials in the country were highlighting its effects on Small Island Developing States.

The Minister added that it was one of the issues which would be addressed at the United Nations General Assembly later this year, as the effects of climate change had the potential to be devastating. She cited the recent events in Dominica, where Tropical Storm Erika caused a lot of damage, as an example of such negative effects.

The Minister also thanked the French Government for its support in the training and development of security personnel in Barbados, pointing out that this was very important for countries like ours. They discussed ways for further cooperation in this area.??

The two officials also spoke about Barbados??? thrust to promote the use of green technology, and the French Ambassador noted that he was very pleased to see that persons in this country used hybrid vehicles.

Barbados and France established diplomatic relations on May 3, 1968. Barbados is represented in France through its embassy in Brussels, Belgium, while France is represented in Barbados through its embassy in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. There is also an additional honorary consulate in Bridgetown.

kim.ramsay-moore@barbados.gov.bb

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