Mitchell On U.S./Iran Tensions

Statement From Senator Fred Mitchell
Opposition Spokesman On Foreign Affairs
For Immediate Release

The FNM Government must get its foreign affairs act together. When the U S killed an Iranian general, the Foreign Minister of The Bahamas said that there were no implications for Bahamians. That was clearly untrue. The PLP warned citizens of The Bahamas about the possible impacts on our economy and our security.

Now days later you have the Foreign Minister saying they are beefing up security but the Finance Minister is warning us about the implications to the wider economy. They clearly contradict their initial assessment.

You cannot approbate and reprobate at the same time.

The Cabinet should speak in unity.

By now the Foreign Ministry under a PLP administration would have done the following:

Advise our citizens travelling to the Middle East to avoid the area

Bahamians travelling or living in the Middle East would have been advised to take special precautions and if possible to leave the area. The Government would have assisted in their evacuation

Those citizens living in the U S should be advised to take care especially our students not to involve themselves in any way in US domestic matters

The country should join the chorus led by the U N Secretary General in an appeal for peace and restraint in that region

Announce a rise in the level of watch and surveillance.