St. Kitts and Nevis’ Ambassador Henry-Martin presents Credentials to United States President Barack Obama

US President Barack Obama and St.Kitts & Nevis Abassador Henry-Martin

BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, FEBRUARY 28TH 2011 (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis’ new Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency Mrs. Jacinth Henry-Martin has presented her credentials to President of the United States, the Hon. Barack Obama.

She told President Obama she looks forward with keen anticipation to deepening the bonds of collaboration, friendship and solidarity between St. Kitts and Nevis and the United States.

In accepting her credentials, President Obama said he looks forward to working closely with her to advance “our common agenda and deepen the strong and abiding friendship of our two counties.”

Ambassador Henry-Martin, who was accompanied by her husband, Michael and their three sons, Von Michael, Yanik and Quinn brought cordial and fraternal greetings from His Excellency the Governor General, Sir Cuthbert Sebastian, the Honourable Prime Minister, Dr. Denzil L. Douglas, the Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Sam Condor, and from 45,000 proud citizens of the Federation of Saint Christopher (Saint Kitts) and Nevis.

“Our indelible ties to the United States of America were stamped into history when a son of the soil of one of our sister islands, the island of Nevis, emerged as one of the founding fathers of the United States of America. We are deeply honoured to have contributed so remarkable a personality as Alexander Hamilton, the first United States Secretary of the Treasury, a great American statesman and philosopher,” said the St. Kitts and Nevis diplomat.

She told President Obama of the “shared commitment to the democratic principles which bolster the freedoms we enjoy and our cooperation on matters of national, regional and hemispheric import continue to build upon and to strengthen this historic bond.”

“The Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis continues to benefit from the proceeds of bilateral and multilateral agreements with the United States of America which are of significance to our economic sustainability, and from accords such as the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative which strenuously work in defense of our national and regional security. Mr. President, on behalf of my country, I commend and salute your tremendous support for this initiative which guaranteed the successful outcome that we so heartily applaud,” said the Federation’s first female ambassador to the United States.

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