- Ambassador Mullings served in the US from 2001 to 2004, died on October 9 at the age of 82. He was also Jamaica's Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS).
- Jamaicans in the United Stateshave also expressed sadness at the death of Mr. Mullings.
WASHINGTON – The work of the late former Deputy Prime Minister and Ambassador to the United States (US), Seymour Mullings, has been lauded by Jamaicans in Washington, D.C.
Ambassador Mullings, who served in the US from 2001 to 2004, died on October 9 at the age of 82. He was also Jamaica’s Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS) while he was in that country.
Reacting to Mr. Mullings’ passing, Jamaica’s Chief Envoy to the United States, His Excellency Stephen Vasciannie, said that in his capacity as Ambassador, Mr. Mullings brought the experience and consummate skills gained as a former Minister of Foreign Affairs to his job in Washington.
Ambassador Vasciannie noted that throughout Mr Mullings’ time in Washington, he displayed strong leadership roles, both in bilateral relations with the US and in promoting the interest of Jamaica within the OAS.
He said that Mr. Mullings will be remembered for his calm diplomacy, sound judgement and determined support for CARICOM developmental imperatives. He also expressed sadness at his passing.
On hearing of the death of Mr. Mullings, Secretary General of the Caribbean community in the US, Leopold Edwards, said that, “it is with profound sorrow and regret that I received the news of the passing of Ambassador Mullings.”
“We recall with pride and much appreciation the outstanding services rendered by this stalwart son of St. Ann, Jamaica, to his parish, country and the region,” he said.
Former Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Curtis Ward, said the death of Mr. Mullings is a great loss to Jamaica and Jamaicans everywhere.
Ambassador Ward recalled that Mr. Mullings established extraordinary rapport with the Jamaican Diaspora across the United States and gained high respect from the Jamaican community for his efforts while serving in Washington.
“His contribution to nation-building will no doubt be remembered long after his passing,” Mr. Ward said.
Mr. Ian Edwards of the OAS remembers Ambassador Mullings as a gentleman who represented Jamaica’s interest and Jamaicans with integrity, professionalism and utmost skill, adding that he was never aloof, and was a man of integrity.
Jamaicans in the United States, particularly those in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan areas of Richmond ,Virginia; Baltimore, Maryland; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and in the state of Delaware have also expressed sadness at the death of Mr. Mullings.