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Wednesday, December 20, 2006 – One day after the Cabinet of Ministers was sworn in at the Prime Minister’s official residence at Vigie, officials from the Chinese government sought an audience with the Minister charged with the responsibility for guiding the country’s foreign relations.

The high level Chinese delegation’s courtesy call on newly appointed Minister for External Affairs, International Financial Services and Information and Broadcasting, Hon. Rufus Bousquet, was designed to express China’s interest in continuing relations with the newly installed government of Saint Lucia, led by Sir John Compton.

The delegation pointed to the tangible benefits that St. Lucians have enjoyed during a relationship lasting nearly ten years.

Speaking through an interpreter, Chinese Ambassdor Zeng Gang said in no uncertain terms, that it is the express intention of the Chinese government to continue to assist the country. He took the opportunity to extend an invitation to the new Minister for External Affairs to visit China at a time convenient to him.

For his part, Hon. Rufus Bousquet thanked the delegation for taking time to visit. He noted China’s remarkable contribution to the government and people of Saint Lucia. Flanked by ministry technocrats, the minister, still settling down on the first full day of duty, commended the Chinese delegation for their dedication to complete works, yet ongoing.

It is anticipated that talks between the two parties will continue.

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