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Barbados to host forum of Caribbean and UK defense chiefs

Bridgetown, Jan 28 (Prensa Latina) Barbados will host the 3rd Conference of Chiefs of Defense Staffs of the Caribbean and the United Kingdom from January 31 to February 1, the Government announced on Friday.

The forum is a platform for the multilateral discourse on the current and emerging threats that hang over the region, as well as the analysis of the issues that affect its security, the press release noted.

It includes aid in the field of humanitarian assistance and disaster response and understanding the UK’s perspective on aid delivery in these areas.

Participants in the high-level round tables will explore UK’s cooperation with Caribbean initiatives, the multidimensionality of the environment of threats and capacity building through training, consultation and initiatives, the communiqué explained.

The Barbadian chief of the Defense Staff, Commodore Errington Shurland, and his United Kingdom counterpart, Admiral Sir Tony Radakin, will be among the keynote speakers.

The previous conference took place in September 2021 in Antigua and Barbuda, where participants shared experiences on natural disaster mitigation, drug trafficking, human trafficking, arms smuggling, organized crime and emergencies caused by atmospheric phenomena.