Leader of the Opposition, Shyne Barrow is in the great US of A on official business. It is a turn of events for Barrow as he has made numerous attempts in getting back into the United States after deportation. A photo of the recently installed opposition leader boarding a Delta flight circulated on social media over the weekend. According to a press release from the United Democratic Party (UDP), Barrow left the country yesterday and will be meeting with members of the US Congress as well as State Senators and House members. With the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Eamon Courtenay as a guest on The Morning Show, we asked him if his ministry was involved in Barrow’s trip.
Troy Gabb, Host, The Morning Show: The Leader of the Opposition we understand that he is in the United States, he has gotten a visa to visit the United States. Any idea or did the Ministry of Foreign Affairs play any role in that occurring ? Just to kinda put in on the record there ?
Eamon Courtenay, Minister of Foreign Affairs: “Well the Leader of the Opposition like any Leader of the Opposition is entitled to a diplomatic passport. Honorable Barrow got a diplomatic passport and as he’s entitled to do he requested the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to make a request of the United States of a visa for him. We do that on a routine basis for persons who hold diplomatic passports and we sent it in to the United States and the United States decided to grant him a visa. My only comment is that is it’s now good for me to know that the United States takes back deportees. I will suggest to them that they should keep them, don’t deport them to Belize. If you are prepared to keep them then keep them.”
Moses Shyne Barrow was deported from the United States to Belize in October 2009. In February 2010, the rapper was refused entry into the United Kingdom due to his conviction as a felon.