The Washington, D.C.-based Organization of American States (OAS) says the new Permanent Representative of St. Lucia, Anton E. Edmunds, has presented his credentials to the Secretary General of the hemispheric body, Luis Almagro.
The OAS said the event took place on Thursday in a ceremony at its headquarters.
During his speech, the OAS said Edmunds highlighted the issues of democracy and sustainable development as key for the region, as well as the unique role the OAS is meant to play.
“We must continue to be an organization representative of all of the peoples in our hemisphere; it is critical,” Edmunds said. “It is what our legitimacy is based upon.
“And, ultimately, it is within this framework that St. Lucia wishes to continue to play a proactive and a forward-leaning role in terms of the organization and the work that the organization does,” he added.
In welcoming the representative of St. Lucia, Almagro underscored his experience in the public and private sector, as well as his connections to the business and diplomatic community in Washington and in the region.
“I have no doubt you will apply your expertise and connections in support of the work of the OAS and in helping the organization to address the challenges facing its member-states,” he said.