Security issues, crime and its impact on societies and the strengthening of relations between Barbados and the United States were among the areas discussed, when Deputy Chief of Mission of the United States Embassy, Aruna Amirthanayagam, paid a courtesy call today on Attorney General, Adriel Brathwaite.

During the meeting at the Ministry in Webster???s Business Park, Wildey, St. Michael, Mr. Brathwaite mentioned the excellent working relationship between Barbados and the United States, and praised the support rendered to this country and the region under the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI).

???We have had tremendous support in particular via the CBSI and I have a keen interest in the various areas of the programme. We have at least another two years and I would like to see not only Barbados, but the region maximise whatever opportunities there are under the programme during that period,??? he stated.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Chief of Mission gave an undertaking that the CBSI would remain the major policy initiative in the region. He also received an update on the progress with the proposed Asset Forfeiture and Proceeds of Crime Legislation. The two officials also discussed possible areas of collaboration under the CBSI in areas such as juvenile justice, at-risk youth and the reactivation of the Police Boys??? and Girls??? Club.

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