DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – 23rd October, 2014……..Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda the Hon. Gaston Browne has expressed concern over the recent shocking terrorist attack on the government system in Canada, condemning the action stoutly and unreservedly.
In a letter to Canadian Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister Browne extended condolences on the death of Corporal Nathan Cirillo who was killed during the gun attack at the National War Memorial.
We reproduce below the full text of the Prime Minister’s letter to his Canadian counterpart:
Dear Prime Minister Harper,
On behalf of the people and Government of Antigua and Barbuda, I express deep concern at the shocking terrorist attack on the institutions of governance in Canada and condemn it stoutly and unreservedly.
We are relieved that neither you nor any member of parliament was harmed in the violent attack during which Corporal Nathan Cirillo was killed, as he carried out his duty as a ceremonial honour guard at Canada’s National War Memorial. We extend our sincere condolences to Corporal Cirillo’s family.
Canada and Antigua and Barbuda have always enjoyed extremely close relations. Many native Antiguans and Barbudans have made a second home in Canada. Similarly, many Canadians have either made second homes in Antigua and Barbuda or visit every year on holiday.
We hold very dear the strong bond between our two countries and the values that we share as members of the Commonwealth of Nations. The terrorist attack within the precincts of parliament stab at the very heart of our common values of democracy and the rule of law. Such attacks will not be tolerated wherever they occur.
Please be assured of the solidarity of the people and Government of Antigua and Barbuda in this moment of trial for the people and Government of Canada.