Prime Minister Deeply Saddened By The Passing Of Colin Powell, Former US Secretary Of State

PR  – Prime Minister, Dr. the Right Honourable Keith Mitchell, is deeply  saddened by the passing of Colin Powell, former US Secretary of State, whom he  described as a friend of Grenada.  

Powell, who is credited with helping to shape American foreign policy, died on Monday. 

Dr. Mitchell said his most treasured memory of the late American diplomat, was his visit  to Grenada in October 2004, one month after Hurricane Ivan demolished much of the  country. 

The Prime Minister said, “Colin Powell’s visit and his promises of support from the US  Government brought such a ray of hope, at a time of great despair. I vividly remember  the time we spent together during his visit when he showed such interest in the well-being  of our people and our country. Following his visit, Grenada benefitted from $50 million in  aid for reconstruction, the first time the US was so generous in its support to the region. I  will be forever grateful for his valuable support and that of President Bush. I considered  them both, true friends of Grenada.” 

The transcript of a media engagement at the conclusion of Powell’s visit, posted on the  website of the US Department of State, quotes the late diplomat as saying, “President  Bush wanted me to come and to say to you and to the members of your government and  to all Grenadians that the United States is standing alongside you in this time of need.” 

Then, as now, in remembering the visit, the Prime Minister expressed deep appreciation  for the show of support. He is quoted in the transcript as saying, “What has been  appreciated even more so is the personal touch of the presence of those persons because  that has provided a lift to our people who have been extremely battered. And I, therefore,  cannot express in words, Mr. Secretary, the tremendous appreciation of the entire  population of Grenada, Carriacou and Petit Martinique for your presence here this  morning.”