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(Dominica News Online) Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, has expressed regret over events pertaining to some people who were appointed diplomats of Dominica and has revealed a new policy which will guide the government in appointing diplomats in the future.

The Prime Minister spoke of the matter in an address to the nation on Friday afternoon.

“I have already acknowledged my regret at the unfortunate turn of events with respect to a few persons holding diplomatic passports becoming persons of interest to foreign countries and external security organizations,” he said. “As I have pointed out before in every instance that we have discovered that someone in the service of the government of Dominica has run afoul of the law or indeed being suspected of so doing, we were proactive in suspending or terminating the relationship.”

In recent times, many people who were appointed diplomats of Dominica have found themselves in hot water with the law. Among the most recent were Chinese billionaire Ng Lap Seng; Iranian, Alireza Zibahalat Monfared and former Nigerian minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke. The cases have shone the international spotlight on Dominica and have been the center of much discussion among Dominicans at home and abroad. 

Skerrit pointed out that incidents involving Dominica diplomats have highlighted a need for improving the way Dominica conducts business and is a matter that is receiving the “urgent, focused attention of the government of Dominica.”

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