St. Kitts and Nevis (SKN) is set to open an embassy in Ottawa as
the government continues its bid to rebuild its relationship with
Canada, SKN Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris announced last
"We are committed as a Government, as we said in
opposition, to make Canada a foreign affairs priority, and I am
pleased to report that within a matter of weeks we shall have
installed a High Commissioner in Ottawa, Canada," said PM
"For the first time St. Kitts and Nevis, on its own, will
be opening an Embassy in Ottawa, Canada, intending to interact
steadfastly with the Government of Canada to ensure over time we
can give them the comfort level that the circumstances of the past
Administration that led to their revoking our visa-free access to
Canada that those circumstances no longer hold, and that the good
people of St. Kitts and Nevis deserve the freedom of being able to
buy a ticket any day, any hour and go to Canada, so long there is a
flight, without any further inhibitions."
Last year Canada had revoked the visa waiver for citizens of SKN
due to security concerns related to the SKN Citizenship by
Investment (CBI) program.
The country's CBI program has also caused concern among US
officials who accuse it of lax controls and insufficient background
Harris promised that his government would work towards resolving
this constraint on SKN passports.
"At the same time when Canada was revoking our visa-free
access, it was giving it to another country. So we know that we can
in fact overcome this challenge and we have invested considerable
time and resources in keeping the Government of Canada up to date.
And we are expecting in the end to get some results during the
five-year tenure that we have," he said.
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