Prime Minister Freundel Stuart recently met with Australia’s High Commissioner to Barbados, Ross Tysoe at Government Headquarters. (A. Miller/BGIS)??

Barbados remains committed to deepening its relationship with Australia.

This was the message Prime Minister Freundel Stuart conveyed to Australia’s High Commissioner to Barbados, Ross Tysoe, during a recent courtesy call at Government Headquarters.

Mr. Stuart said both countries have had a very good diplomatic relationship, dating back to 1974. "It has gotten only deeper with the passage of time and Barbados is grateful for the support it has gotten from Australia in multilateral fora and on international issues as well," he stated.

The Prime Minister acknowledged that there were areas in which the relationship could be intensified. He added that he hoped the Caribbean would soon be attracting a greater number of Australian tourists.

Mr. Tysoe expressed the view that that process had started in the sense that a lot of Australians were now interested in the cruise industry.

The High Commissioner said Australia was committed to the issues of the Small Island Developing States and noted that it would be assisting Samoa with the 2014 Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States.

During the talks, Prime Minister Stuart and Mr. Tysoe discussed the 23rd Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting which will be held later this year in Sri Lanka and the previous summit which was held in Australia in 2011; cricket, LIAT and travel in the region, among others.


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