Philippines, Barbados establish diplomatic relations

NEW YORK (June 25) —The Philippines formally established diplomatic relations with the Caribbean island-state of Barbados in ceremonies held here early this week.

In a press statement, the Philippine Mission to the United Nations said that the Joint Communique on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between the Republic of the Philippines and Barbados was signed on 22 June 2009.

Signing for the Philippines was Ambassador Hilario G. Davide, Jr., Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the United Nations, and for Babados, Ambassador Christopher Fitzherbert Hackett, Permanent Representative of Barbados to the United Nations.

The signing ceremony was witnessed by Deputy Permanent Representative Leslie Gatan, Consul General Cecilia Rebong and other officials from the Philippine Mission and Deputy Permanent Representative Joyce Dianne Bourne and Consul General Lennox Price and other officials from the Barbados Mission.

According to the Philippine Mission, it was the Government of Barbados that proposed the establishment of diplomatic relations with the Philippines last year. The proposal was coursed through the Philippine embassy in Caracas.

The easternmost island-state in the Caribbean, Barbados has a total land area of 430-square-kilometers and a population of 282,000.  Its closest neighbors are Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Saint Lucia.

A member of the Caribbean Community or CARICOM, Barbados was a British colony for more than three centuries before it was granted its independence in 1966.

In the human development index, Barbados is consistently among the top 75 countries in the world. In 2006, it ranked 31st in the world, and third in the Americas, behind Canada and the United States.

Barbados will be under the jurisdiction of the Philippine Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela, under Ambassador Jocelyn Batoon Garcia.

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