In the aftermath of the eruption of La Soufrière volcano on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis reached out to St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves to offer support, his office said.
“Prime Minister Minnis offered the support of the people and government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas to the government and people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines as a result of the ongoing eruptions at La Soufrière volcano,” the Office of the Prime Minister said in a statement on Saturday.
It added, “Prime Minister Gonsalves noted that he is grateful for the support of regional leaders.
“Prime Minister Minnis recalled the support of the Caribbean Community during Hurricane Dorian. He expressed full solidarity with the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines during this difficult time.”
After months of heightened activity, La Soufrière erupted on Friday in a violent explosion for the first time since 1979.
The eruption, which sent a plume of hot ash miles into the air, came only hours after the government ordered the evacuation of thousands of people in the areas surrounding the volcano.
The island has been blanketed by ash, which has also made its way to neighboring countries.
In an interview on Saturday, Minnis said The Bahamas will do what it can to assist.
“You know, we’re a part of CARICOM, and we would do whatever we can,” he said.
“Within the CARICOM community, we have a very close-knit grouping of ministers.
“…We have a very good relationship.”
OPM also noted that Minnis offered support to Barbados, which has been affected by the ash.
“Prime Minister Minnis also spoke with Mia Mottley, prime minister of Barbados. Ash clouds from the eruptions have drifted over Barbados.
“Prime Minister Minnis also offered the support of the people and government of The Bahamas to Barbados.”
OPM said, “Prime Minister Minnis is committed to staying in touch with the leaders of these fellow Caribbean countries during this crisis in order to provide any assistance that may be needed.”