CaribWorldNews, BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Tues. April 20, 2010: Barbados Prime Minister, David Thompson, has praised the United States for its continued assistance to the region, in its attempts to safeguard the coastlines from narco-traffickers.
Thompson made the observation Friday during a press conference following a high-level security meeting with US Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, CARICOM leaders, the Regional Security System and regional governmental security leaders, at the Hilton Barbados.
PM Thompson stated that Barbados was anxious to re-engage with the United States, given the long-standing partnership which both sides shared in relation to security.
`By working together as a region, we can better achieve our objectives and pool our resources together to provide leadership in this regard. Additionally, the US is aware of the challenges and we have had assistance in the past, with two helicopters for the RSS, and there have been other areas of important assistance,` he saidd.
The prime minister said during the meeting with Secretary Gates, regional representatives identified areas of cooperation `that the government and people of the United States are making available to us and the modalities we would use, to ensure that these assets are going to be used in a manner that is constant with our objectives.`