312. Letter From President Carter to St. Lucian Prime Minister Compton1

Dear Mr. Prime Minister:

The American people join me in sending best wishes to you and the people of St. Lucia on the occasion of your independence.2 I am pleased to take this opportunity to inform you of the extension of United States Government recognition. We hope that, with your agreement, diplomatic relations can be established between our two countries.

We look forward to continued growth in friendly, productive relations between the United States and St. Lucia, nurtured by our mutual regard for economic progress, human rights, and democratic government.

The Government and people of the United States share your aspirations and concern for the advancement and welfare of the people of St. Lucia. We look forward to working together with you in your efforts to achieve those goals and to contributing to peace and prosperity for men and women everywhere.


Jimmy Carter
  1. Source: National Archives, RG 59, Central Foreign Policy File, P790031–1260. Confidential.
  2. St. Lucia became independent on February 22.