Dr. Friday takes charge in Washington

Dr. Angus Friday – placed at the Mission in Washington

Dr. Angus Friday – placed at the Mission in Washington

Grenada’s former representative to the United Nation’s, Dr. Angus Friday, is returning to the Diplomatic Field.

According to a Government Information Service (GIS) release, Dr. Friday is leaving his job at the Washington-based World Bank to take up the post of Grenada’s Ambassador to the United States and the Organisation of American States (OAS).

The new envoy has been appointed as a replacement for Ambassador Gillian Bristol who served under the previous National Democratic Congress (NDC) government of Tillman Thomas.

Under a previous New National Party (NNP) administration Dr. Friday had served as Grenada’s ambassador to the United Nations.

According to Foreign Affairs Minister, after much debate the three-month old NNP government of Prime Miniter Dr. Keith Mitchell took the decision to appoint Dr. Friday for the diplomatic posting in Washington.

“The new Ambassador will be Dr. Angus Friday. Dr Friday has served this country before as Permanent Representative to the United Nations”, Steele told a media briefing, adding that they are expecting him to do a good job.

The Foreign Minister disclosed that it took a lot from the Government to force Dr. Friday to leave “his handsome job at the World Bank to serve his country again”.

“We have been able to woo him away to serve his country once more”, Steele told reporters.

Responding to questions about new appointments at the Diplomatic Office in Toronto and the United Nations, the Foreign Minister said, that there are no changes planned for Toronto and confirmed that a new Ambassador will be appointed to the United Nations.

“Toronto is a Trade and Tourism Mission. We are in discussions now to find a smaller and cheaper location for Toronto”, he said.

Regarding the job at the United Nations, he said, that he could not disclose the name of the new Ambassador; but assured the press that a new appointment is on the way.

“There will be a change. Ambassador Dessima Williams has been recalled already”, he remarked.

The Foreign Affairs Minister also confirmed, that the former Member of Parliament for St David, former Tourism Minister and former Ambassador to China, Joslyn Whiteman, will be the new Ambassador to London, replacing Ruth Rouse, who held the post since 2008.

He indicated, that the office will be relocated in London because of budgetary constraints.

“I will say that, we are moving to a far more prestigious location from where we are and at little or no cost.”


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