Thursday 27 February, 2020

Pompeo arrives in Jamaica

US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo (right) greets US Ambassador to Jamaica Donald Tapia upon arrival at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, Jamaica on Tuesday evening. Pompeo is in Jamaica for a two-day visit with select Caribbean leaders. (Photo: JIS)

US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo (right) greets US Ambassador to Jamaica Donald Tapia upon arrival at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, Jamaica on Tuesday evening. Pompeo is in Jamaica for a two-day visit with select Caribbean leaders. (Photo: JIS)

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo landed at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston on Tuesday evening for his official visit to Jamaica.

Pompeo was met on the airport's tarmac by the US Ambassador to Jamaica, Donald Tapia.

During his two-day visit, Pompeo is scheduled to have talks with Prime Minister Andrew Holness and other select Caricom leaders on a number of topical issues.

It is understood that Venezuela and the Middle East will be the main issues that will be discussed at the meeting during the visit.

This is the second time in recent years that a US Secretary of State will visit Jamaica as, two years ago, Rex Tillerson landed on the island to talk with Holness.

Pompeo's visit has caused a rift among Caricom leaders over the United States' decision to invite only some regional countries. The disunity has seen different Caribbean heads of government taking opposing sides on the matter.

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