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World > North America > Saint Kitts and Nevis > Relations with U.S. (Notes)

Saint Kitts and Nevis - Relations with U.S. (Notes)
U.S.-ST. KITTS AND NEVIS RELATIONS Since St. Kitts and Nevis attained full independence in 1983, relations with the United States have been friendly. The United States seeks to help St. Kitts and Nevis develop economically and to help strengthen its moderate, democratic, parliamentary form of government. St. Kitts and Nevis is a beneficiary of the U.S. Caribbean Basin Initiative. U.S. assistance is primarily channeled through multilateral agencies such as the World Bank and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), as well as the USAID office in Bridgetown, Barbados. In addition, St. Kitts and Nevis benefits from U.S. military exercises and humanitarian civic action construction projects. St. Kitts and Nevis is strategically placed in the Leeward Islands, near maritime transport lanes of major importance to the United States. St. Kitts and Nevis location close to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands makes the two-island federation attractive to narcotics traffickers. To counter this threat, the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis cooperates with the United States in the fight against illegal narcotics. In 1995, the Government signed a maritime law enforcement treaty with the United States, later amended with an overflight/order-to-land amendment in 1996. St. Kitts and Nevis also signed an updated extradition treaty with the United States in 1996, and a mutual legal assistance treaty in 1997. St. Kitts and Nevis is a popular American tourist destination. In the aftermath of September 11, 2001, tourism declined, but the islands have seen growing numbers of visitors in recent years. Fewer than 1,000 U.S. citizens reside on the island, although students and staff of Ross University Veterinary School and the Medical University of the Americas (Nevis) constitute a significant population of U.S. citizens. Principal U.S. Embassy Officials Ambassador--Mary M. Ourisman Deputy Chief of Mission--Mary Ellen T. Gilroy Political/Economic Counselor--Martina Strong (Acting) Consul General--Clyde Howard Jr. Regional Labor Attaché--Martina Strong Economic-Commercial Affairs--Anthony Eterno Public Affairs Officer--Julie OReagan Peace Corps Director--Kate Raftery The United States maintains no official presence in St. Kitts and Nevis. The ambassador and embassy officers are resident in Barbados and frequently travel to St. Kitts and Nevis. A U.S. consular agent residing in nearby Antigua, however, assists U.S. citizens in St. Kitts and Nevis. The U.S. Embassy in Barbados is located in the Wildey Business Park, Wildey, St. Michael (tel: 246-436-4950; fax: 246-429-5246). Consular Agent: Rebecca Simon, Hospital Hill, English Harbor, Antigua Tel: (268) 463-6531. Other Contact Information U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration Trade Information Center 14th and Constitution, NW Washington, DC 20230 Tel: 1-800-USA-TRADE Caribbean/Latin American Action 1818 N Street, NW, Suite 310 Washington, DC 20036 Tel: (202) 466-7464 Fax: (202) 822-0075


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