Today, Monday 14 May, the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis further solidified its reputation as one of the Caribbean’s most diplomatically active nations.
In a ceremony hosted at the Albanian Embassy in London, HE Dr Kevin Isaac, St Kitts and Nevis’ High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, signed a visa-free travel agreement with HE Mr Qirjako Qirko, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Albania to the Court of St James’s.
The agreement applies to holders of ordinary, diplomatic, and official passports issued by the two nations, and allows them to visit each other’s territories for up to 90 consecutive days in every 180-day period. Due to be implemented next month, the agreement is expected to create a framework for the strengthening of ties, and friendship, between the Federation and the Republic.
“I see this as an opportunity to advance easier people to people movement between our two countries and to allow St Kitts and Nevis to further anchor people empowerment in the Federation’s sustainable development agenda,” said the High Commissioner, who, together with Mr Qirko, said he looked forward to making use of the visa waiver.
Shortly after the ceremony, Premier Mark Brantley, who heads the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and has largely been credited for its dynamism, tweeted: “Delighted that #StKitts #Nevis has today signed a visa waiver agreement with #Albania to allow #visa free visits for short stays. We look forward to greater people to people contact with #Albania as we continue to expand our diplomatic footprint #DiplomacyMatters.”
St Kitts and Nevis established formal diplomatic relations with Albania on 31 October 2018, with HE Dr Kevin Isaac and HE Mr Qirjako Qirko again representing their nations at the signing of the relevant Joint Communiqué. That a visa-free travel agreement was signed less than seven months after diplomatic relations were formalised with Albania stands as a testament to St Kitts and Nevis’ commitment to its citizens, its allies, and the international community.