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
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.