Sunday 29 November, 2020

Grenada mourns loss of great Caribbean son

Grenada's Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell has expressed condolences on the passing of one of the Caribbean’s statesmen, Owen Seymour Arthur.

Arthur was Barbados’ longest serving prime minister, serving in that office for an unprecedented three consecutive terms from 1994 to 2008. 

Mitchell, in paying tribute to Arthur, described him as a “close friend and colleague”.

He added: “Barbados and the Caribbean have lost a great son. He was one of the brilliant and best political minds of the region. A brilliant economist as well. I had tremendous respect for his insight into political and economic issues.”

Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr Keith Mitchell.

Mitchell met the late Owen Arthur at the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus in Barbados where they both studied, and played together on the UWI cricket team.

They both went on to further their studies overseas and returned to their respective countries around the same time.

Mitchell said: “We were in government around the same time, then went into opposition around the same time. We maintained a good relationship throughout the years.” 

Arthur was the featured speaker during an NNP convention at the end of 1994, months before Mitchell became prime minister in June 1995. 

Mitchell extends his deepest condolences to all Barbadians, especially Arthur’s wife Julie, his daughters Sabrina and Leah.

Arthur died Monday (July 27) at 12.26 am.

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