The Hon. Anya Williams reaffirms the Territory’s links with the US at the independence day celebrations at the US Embassy in Nassau.
She will be the guest of the US Chargé d’Affaires and Mrs. John Dinkelman, and the Commanding General of North American Air Defense (NORAD) and United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) General and Mrs. Charles Jacoby, Jr.
Together they will celebrate the 237th Anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America at the Old Fort Bay Club, West Bay.
I am very pleased to continue our dialogue with them at this formal US celebration in our nearest US Embassy, in Nassau,” said Acting Governor Williams. “This helps further build the relationship that has seen the Chargé d’Affaires and other US officials make a number of recent visits to our Territory.
US officials attended the TCI House of Assembly swearing in ceremony, conducted a briefing session for the new government on US-TCI joint working, and we also saw the opening of a new US Consular presence in the TCI.
We will continue to work together on vital joint initiatives too such as the Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos joint narcotics interdiction operation, or OPBAT, which operates out of Great Inagua too.
General Jacoby’s responsibilities include conducting US homeland defence, civil support and international security cooperation across The Bahamas, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Gulf of Mexico, the Straits of Florida. He is also responsible for cooperation with Canada, Mexico, and the Bahamas.
TCI Attorney General Huw Shepheard was sworn in by Governor Todd last week to stand in as Acting Governor during Deputy Governor Williams’ time in the Bahamas 3-4 July 2013. Governor Todd returns to the TCI on Tuesday 30 July 2013.