The Middle East has been embroiled in conflict for so long that it is difficult to readily imagine a peaceful resolution to the turmoil. Yet, despite recent setbacks to that region's peace, security and prosperity, the Ministry believes that it is possible for a lasting peace to be achieved as the international community commits itself to ensuring justice for all of the peoples of the region.  This would certainly do wonders for the economies of the area, rich as they are in natural and human resources.

Barbados has had diplomatic relations with Israel, Iran and Iraq for some time, and also has established relations with Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates as part of a deliberate process of forging closer ties with the countries of the Middle East. Clearly this is a region that offers interesting opportunities for Barbadians especially in the area of financial services, and it is a region in which Barbados will continue to explore opportunities for collaboration as they become available.