Dominica signs agreement to expel US AID

In a recent meeting of Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA), Dominica, along with Bolivia, Cuba, Nicaragua, Ecuador and Venezuela, signed an agreement requesting that the United States immediately expel the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and its delegates or representatives from their countries, due to the fact that they consider their presence and actions to constitute an interference, which threatens the sovereignty and stability of the nations.

The agreement also stated, Given the open interference of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in the internal politics of the ALBA countries, under the excuse of “planning and administering economic and humanitarian assistance for the whole world outside of the United States,” financing non-governmental organizations and actions and projects designed to destabilize the legitimate governments which do not share their common interests.

Given that this intervention of a foreign country in the internal politics of a country is contrary to the internal legislation of each nation.

However, Leader of the United Workers Party, Honourable Edison James says, says if this is indeed true it reflects a marked deterioration in the relationship between the United States and Dominica.

Mr. James says this is a clear pattern of hostility aimed at the United States of America, from the Labour Party government which is unacceptable, since it can result in a major blow to Dominica’s economy.

Mr. James pointed out that surrogates of the Dominica Labour Party have been trying to downplay this issue, saying that Dominica did no sign the agreement, but there is evidence that Dominica did sign on.

Mr. James says if there is hostility between Dominica and the United States, we Dominicans are the ones who will suffer so we all need to be concerned as to what is going on in this agreement.

Mr. James went on to say that Mr. Skerrit needs to be more transparent on the decisions he makes and they should always be in the best interest of Dominican and its citizens.

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