A delegation of three members of the United States Congress arrived in Gibraltar on Tuesday evening, on a fact-finding visit.
The Congressmen, who all serve on the Appropriations Committee, were the Committee Chair Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen (Republican, New Jersey), Congressman Ken Calvert (Republican, California) and Congressman Peter Visclosky (Democrat, Indiana), who is also the ranking Member on Defence Appropriations.
On Wednesday morning the Congressmen held a meeting with chief minister Fabian Picardo and deputy chief minister Dr Joseph Garcia at No 6 Convent Place. The American delegation thanked the government and people of Gibraltar for hosting the armed forces of the United States at different points in history to the present day, including during the Second World War.
Picardo briefed the Congressmen on the present political and economic position of Gibraltar, and reiterated the government’s view that the US armed forces are very welcome in Gibraltar.
The delegation also met the Governor of Gibraltar, Ed Davies, whose official Twitter account later tweeted, “Thanks to the US Congressional Delegation for visiting Gibraltar to exchange perspectives on the regional Defence and Security situation.”
More American accents will be heard on the Rock in a few days’ time, as the Gibraltar-American Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its third trade mission at the Sunborn floating hotel from Sunday until Tuesday.
The aim of the trade mission is to promote business between American and Gibraltarian companies. More than 30 companies from the USA and other countries, three American Chambers of Commerce, two senior Congressmen and two American universities will be attending the event, and AmCham Gibraltar, as it is known, says this will be the perfect opportunity for local and American companies to make contacts and forge relationships with a view to doing business together in the future.