LAST Thursday, the Embassy of the Argentine Republic to Saint Lucia and the OECS hosted a thanksgiving mass to commemorate the 207th anniversary of the Argentine May Revolution.
The event, held at the St. Joseph the Worker Church in Gros Islet, and headed by Nicolás Carlos Abad, Chargé d’Affaires of the Argentine Embassy, was honoured by the presence of Governor General Dame Pearlette Louisy, Heads of Diplomatic Missions and International Organizations, Government officials, Argentine citizens, and other distinguished guests.
During his speech, Abad highlighted the importance of this date to all Argentineans, as it was on May 25, 1810 that the first autonomous government was established in Buenos Aires; this being the beginning of a process which culminated in a formal declaration of Independence from Spain on July 9, 1816.
Abad noted the common challenges and opportunities that both Argentina and Saint Lucia face as developing countries and regional neighbours. He also emphasized the need to take full advantage of existing complementarities to enhance trade, deepen technical cooperation, and explore training programmes, among other areas, with much potential for working together.
With over three years since the establishment of the Argentine Embassy in Saint Lucia, Abad stressed commitment for the growth of the inter-governmental partnership.