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‘Both Jamaica and US stand to lose in diplomatic row’

Written by on July 31, 2023

Attorney Wayne Golding, member of the Global Jamaica Disapora Council in Florida
By Kimone Witter 
Attorney Wayne Golding, a member of the Global Jamaica Disapora Council in Florida, says both the US and Jamaican Governments stand to lose in the diplomatic row that is simmering between Washington and Kingston.
The issue relates to Jamaica’s refusal to accredit the spouse of an American diplomat who is about to be posted to Jamaica.
The diplomat is in a same-sex marriage.
A senior government source told Radio Jamaica News that an approval of the request would mean Jamaica recognises same-sex marriages, which is illegal in this country.
The United States government has reportedly responded by rejecting a request from the Jamaican government to extend the stay of three diplomats in the Jamaican embassy and consulates in the US.
Speaking with Radio Jamaica News, Mr. Golding said the issue is shaping up to be a game of chess.
He urged the Jamaican government to look at the cost-benefit analysis of its decision.
“You have to look at the bigger picture because the operation of the government of Jamaica through diplomatic personnel within the United States is definitely going to be affected. You’re going to have to be moving people out that you probably did not plan to move out, or you’re going to have to bring new people in who are subject to not being accredited also,” he reasoned.
Recalling the ‘Big Stick’ policy which exerted US influence in the region decades ago, the attorney suggested that Jamaica is still reeling today from the negative effects.
While he acknowledged that no country wants to be subservient to another, Mr. Golding reiterated that Jamaica must look at the big picture and use diplomatic channels to amicably resolve the current matter as it will be damaging to both countries.