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Jamaica, Cook Islands establish diplomatic ties

Monday, May 26, 2003    

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JAMAICA and the Cook Islands on May 14 signed a communiqué establishing diplomatic relations between both countries at an ACP Council of Ministers Meeting in Brussels.

It was the first time any ACP state was taking advantage of the council meeting to formalise their diplomatic relations.

Speaking at the signing ceremony at ACP House, Jamaica's minister of foreign affairs and foreign trade, K D Knight said establishing diplomatic relations with the Cook Islands was fully in line with Jamaica's commitment to deepen the unity and solidarity of the ACP (African, Caribbean and Pacific) states.

He pledged Jamaica's resolve to continue to deepen relations with the government and people of the Cook Islands, not only at the bilateral level, but "most importantly as we collaborate here in the ACP and other multilateral forums for the achievement of mutual objectives of peace, security and sustainable development".

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