Colourful Opening For 2nd Caribbean-United States Security Cooperation Dialogue

Friday 11th, November 2011 / 08:47 Published by

NASSAU, Bahamas -- O.A.T. “Tommy” Turnquest Minister of National Security introduces Prime Minister the Rt Hon Hubert A Ingraham at the Second Caribbean-United States Security Cooperation Dialogue opening ceremony in the Atlantis Theatre, November 10. Sitting on the dais from left: Carl Francis Smith, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of National Security; Her Excellency Nicole Avant, United States Ambassador to The Bahamas; Janet Napolitano, United States Secretary of Homeland Security; Prime Minister of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas the Rt Hon Hubert Ingraham and Chairman, Council for National Security and Law Enforcement. (BIS photo/Kristaan Ingraham)

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Her Excellency Nicole Avant United States Ambassador to The Bahamas introduces Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, United States Secretary of Homeland Security at the Second Caribbean-United States Security Cooperation Dialogue opening ceremony in the Atlantis Theatre, November 10. (BIS photo/Kristaan Ingraham)

NASSAU, Bahamas – Smartly clad marines of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force presented a colourful Parade of Flags of participating countries for the official opening of the Second Caribbean-United States Security Cooperation Dialogue.

Under the theme “Fostering Greater Regional Coordination and Ensuring Long-Term Sustainment”, leaders from around the region and the United States of America converged for the meeting.

The conference formally opened amidst much pomp and pageantry at Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island, Thursday, November 10.

The Royal Bahamas Police Force Band led the national anthems for The Bahamas and the United States of America and also provided entertainment for the event.

Participants included Prime Minister Hubert Hon Ingraham, and Minister of National Security . O.A.T. Tommy Turnquest.

Among those in attendance were Cabinet Ministers, members of parliament, senators, permanent secretaries and a cross-section of senior government officials. Permanent Secretary Carl Smith served as moderator for the opening.

Marines of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force presented a colourful Parade of Flags at the Second Caribbean-United States Security Cooperation Dialogue opening ceremony, Atlantis Theatre, November 10. (BIS photo/Patrick Hanna)

Dr Errol Cort, Minister of National Security for Antigua and Barbuda and Janet Napolitano, United States Secretary of Homeland Security, also gave remarks.

Local law enforcement representatives included the Royal Bahamas Police Force, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) and Her Majesty’s Prisons. Recruits of these organizations were also present.

The two-day event is being hosted by the Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and sponsored by the United States Government.

The meeting also involves ministers of National Security from the Caribbean community, Caribbean Community Heads of Government and representatives of the Dominican Republic.

By: Kathryn Campbell
Bahamas Information Services

Cabinet Ministers, National Security Ministers from around the Region, USG Delegates, Diplomats and other officials attend the Second Caribbean-United States Security Cooperation Dialogue opening ceremony, Atlantis Theatre, November 10. (BIS photo/Kristaan Ingraham)

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