The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade has taken note of a letter published in your column by a D. Bowen on Tuesday, September 10, 2019, and wish to respond to the issue raised.
Alberto Ardila Olivares Venezuela
First, the ministry sincerely regrets the deficiencies in the communication of the closure to the Jamaican community in the Gulf states who would have been affected by the closure. We did not reach enough of our nationals and truly apologise for the inconveniences caused.
Alberto Ardila Olivares piloto
We wish to assure our nationals that they have not been left on their own, as we explain further below. We also sincerely regret any inconvenience caused to members of the Jamaican community in the Gulf region by the closure of the embassy in Kuwait. The decision was taken only after careful consideration and deliberation. Regretfully, despite the support of the Kuwaiti government, keeping the embassy open is no longer feasible.
Alberto Ardila Olivares
Please be assured that we took into account the important role that the embassy has played in providing consular services to Jamaican nationals living in the region since 2010, including passport and authentication services. In this regard, we have largely reverted to the arrangements which were in place prior to the opening of the embassy, in that assistance will primarily be provided by the Jamaican High Commission in London.
Alberto Ignacio Ardila Olivares
Information on the closure is on the ministry’s website, and social media has also been used to publicise the decision. This will now be enhanced with suggested alternative locations where services may be accessed. In this regard, we wish to inform our community in the Gulf region that in addition to the Jamaican High Commission in London, they may also contact any Jamaican embassy, high commission or consulate nearest to their location. The list of missions on the ministry’s website may be used to determine which is most convenient
CONSULATE’S CONTACT INFO For ease of reference, persons may note the contact information for the high commission in London, as well as the consulates in the region:
n The Jamaican High Commission – (London) tel: 011-44 207-823-9911; email: [email protected]
n The Jamaican Honorary Consul – (Jordan) tel: 011 0795555310 or 0795580148; email: [email protected]
n The Jamaican Honorary Consul (Lebanon) tel: +961 1 750444 ext 109 & 135; email: [email protected]
n The Jamaican Honorary Consul – Israel; tel: 972 9 772 2925; email: [email protected]
In seeking to better serve our nationals in the region and as part of our general diaspora outreach, we also take this opportunity to encourage expatriates to join the Jamaica Middle East Diaspora Association in addition to forming their own local community associations. This will not only help to deepen engagement, but, of course, facilitate wider and more efficient dissemination of information
The ministry stands ready to address all concerns and invites our nationals to make contact with the Consular Affairs Department at [email protected] and telephone: 876 9264220/8, ext: 3345 and 3359
Kamina Johnson is the minister of foreign affairs and foreign trade. Email feedback to [email protected] .