After meeting with the President of Guyana, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, he called on the United Kingdom to apologize for its role in the transatlantic slave trade.
Speaking to Sky News, Irfan Ali explained that the decision to seek compensation for “one of the greatest atrocities in human history” must be made by all Caribbean nations.
President Ali said, “This suffering is not only immense, it has been going on for generations. Great wealth is derived from suffering.
Only then do his comments come The Earl of Wessex and the Countess visited the Caribbean islandsThere they confronted anti-colonial protesters demanding an apology and compensation for England’s involvement in the slave trade.
Although politicians and members of the royal family have acknowledged the “atrocities”, they have not yet apologized.
President Ali says this should be taken into account, and hopes that “the conversation will apologize.”
“It’s not a simple apology, it has to have great depth and meaning,” he said. But in my view, looking at the latest announcements, I think they are getting closer to that level.
The president explained that his confidence stems from the continued work of CARICOM, an intergovernmental organization representing Caribbean interests – as well as a collective advocate for compensation.
“We have set up a committee in the same region because we have realized that the region needs a common position,” he said.
He added that it would be best for the Caribbean nations to come together to “improve the process.”
At the end of the Wessex tour, Antigua and Barbuda and Saint Kitts and Nevis announced their withdrawal from the British monarchy.
This comes at a time when Jamaica and Belize have expressed similar interest The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited a few weeks ago.
Guyana was one of the first Caribbean countries to become a republic in the 1970s, and Mr. Ali sometimes said change is good.
“The colonial past is now a part of history, including these countries, all of our countries,” he said. We cannot remove ourselves from history.
He further added that many countries were “turning to the Republic and showing their complete independence” and were deciding to “walk the new path”.
However, President Ali made it clear that it was not the intention to sever all ties completely – rather it should be treated as “equal”.
In the future, he said he wanted a “stronger relationship” between CARICOM and the UK, and hoped that Britain would pay more attention to “working with SIDS”.
“There is recognition of the need to restructure the relationship with greater emphasis on the Caribbean, Guyana and the United Kingdom,” he said. This is what happens, it’s a job.
President Ali Boris met with Johnson to discuss UK investments
Although relations between some Caribbean countries and the United Kingdom have soured, Mr. Ali hopes to further strengthen his partnership with England.
The president met earlier this week Boris Johnson To discuss ways in which the UK can invest in its country.
He explained that despite the recent large-scale discovery of gas and seawater, investment in the country is very important.
“If oil and gas revenues are not used to bring about change they will not make a difference and the change we want to make must start with the people,” the president said.
He explained that Guyana’s economy needed to become more diverse, and that this was where British investment could come from.
“The change in Guyana requires a lot of investment, a lot of new technology, and the UK is now moving to change these opportunities,” President Ali explained.
He described the meeting with Mr Johnson as “excellent” and said they discussed various issues such as climate change, energy conservation and forest management.
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