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London’s voice: Rena Lalgie, the Governor, addresses an international security meeting held this week (Photograph supplied)

Officials from Bermuda, the UK, and the US held talks this week on mustering rapid international assistance if the island were to face a severe threat.

It comes after ongoing exercises and training supported by the UK to build Bermuda’s resilience.

The Royal Bermuda Regiment, the Bermuda Police Service, the Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service and other Government departments and agencies took part with overseas colleagues.

Rena Lalgie, the Governor, said she was “delighted” at the collaboration.

“Exercises like this enable us all to be prepared to respond effectively in the most difficult situations.”

Protecting Bermuda: Michael Weeks, the national security minister (Photograph supplied)

Michael Weeks, the national security minister, added: “The safety and security of the people of Bermuda is of utmost importance and it is comforting to know that should we need external support, both the UK and US agencies are there for us.”

Mr Weeks said there was “strength in unity” in readying for a potential major incident.

Washington’s woman: Karen Grissette, the US Consul General (Photograph supplied)

Karen Grissette, the US Consul General, said: “This agreement demonstrates our commitment to working collaboratively with the United Kingdom and Bermuda in the event of a crisis.

“The United States has no stronger partnership than that with the United Kingdom.

“Co-operation and integration among partner nations is critical to confronting transnational challenges and the United States continues to value its longstanding relationship with Bermuda.”

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Published March 23, 2023 at 7:48 am (Updated March 23, 2023 at 8:31 am)

Bermuda in security talks with UK, US

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