Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sao Tome and Principe, (left) H.E. Urbino Botelho; and Minister of Foreign Affairs of St. Kitts and Nevis, Honourable Mark Brantley.

NEW YORK — Minister of Foreign Affairs of St. Kitts and Nevis, Honourable Mark Brantley, on Sept. 28 signed a joint communique with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sao Tome and Principe, H.E. Urbino Botelho, to establish formal diplomatic relations between the two countries.

The ministers also agreed to sign a mutual visa waiver agreement between St. Kitts and Nevis and Sao Tome and Principe to boost bilateral relations through people to people contact and encourage greater tourism between both countries. The ministers noted the similarities between the two small twin island states and the common challenges faced.

Both ministers extended formal invitations to each other’s country.

Both governments anticipate building technical cooperation in the areas of combating climate change, disaster risk reduction, tourism and travel. Foreign Minister Brantley expressed his delight at this historic development as St Kitts and Nevis continues to expand its diplomatic footprint particularly on the African continent.

Minister Brantley reminded his colleague from São Tomé and Principe that the people of the Caribbean are a part of the African diaspora and the urgent need for greater interaction and cooperation between Africa and the Caribbean as they give real meaning to South South cooperation.