Published: Thu, September 14, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

UK Foreign Secretary to visit Irma-battered Caribbean islands

UK Foreign Secretary to visit Irma-battered Caribbean islands

The Department for International Aid denied that its response to the crisis had been affected by any budgetary considerations.

Britain on Monday delivered its first humanitarian aid and disaster relief to the Turks and Caicos islands, its overseas territory in the Caribbean. In a statement to the BBC, it said: "This is an unprecedented disaster".

"This has been our primary focus and continues to be our priority".

He added other rules, such as the amount of money that can be spent on peacekeeping efforts, were also being looked at.

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"But for some time this government has felt that these rules are not flexible enough for the needs of the complex modern world, and we are in talks with the OECD about adjusting these rules". "We will be working with our overseas territories to ensure we are able to see those countries actually brought to life once again, and people able to have an economy and a good life there".

"Our response was based on need alone".

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson will embark on a visit to the Caribbean islands battered by Irma, the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean, on Tuesday, authorities announced. I think most fair-minded people, you've not got a thousand troops in the area.

They continued: "In response to the allegation we would have sent more stuff [to affected areas] had they been eligible, that is complete nonsense".

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"If the Overseas Territories can no longer access European Union funding, the government will need to think seriously about how that loss is covered", the peer said.

On Wednesday the Government pledged an additional £25 million to help the rebuilding effort on top of the £32 million already promised.

She rejected claims her government had been too slow to act, and noted that more than 1,000 British military personnel are now in the region, with another 200 due to arrive within days, along with more than 60 police officers.

Johnson will visit the British Virgin Islands and Anguilla, both United Kingdom overseas territories which were badly damaged by the storm that made landfall in the region on September 6, reports BBC. "There were about 700 troops in the region, that has now gone up to 1,000".

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