The Embassy of Brazil will close permanently, despite a statement from the Office of St Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris on May 22, 2019 that the diplomatic post will close temporary.
“His Excellency Wanderley de Vasconcellos’ tenure as Ambassador of the Federative Republic of Brazil to St. Kitts and Nevis comes to an end with the temporary closure of the Brazilian Embassy in Basseterre,” the press release from Dr Harris’ office said on May 22, 2019.
However on June 5, Brazil confirmed the permanent closure of its embassy in St Kitts and Nevis.
Brazil’s Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo made the official confirmation Wednesday through a press release to the media that the Embassy in St Kitts and Nevis is among five that are being closed. The four others are in Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
His stated justification for the closures was based on “adjusting foreign policy needs to the realities of our resources, both human and financial.”
According to the communique, the embassies in Roseau and St John’s, capital cities of Dominica and Antigua and Barbuda have already been closed.
“The other delegations are in the process of closing,” according to the note sent to the press by the Brazilian foreign ministry.
It said the closures “will not diminish bilateral relations,” assuring that Brazil’s interests “will be covered by other diplomatic missions in the region that are already prepared or can be optimized to take over new duties.”
In 2009, the Embassy of Brazil in St Kitts and Nevis, based in the capital, Basseterre was created an opened in 2010.