Friday 24 January, 2020

US Secretary of State Pompeo to visit Jamaica

Mike Pompeo, the United States Secretary of State, is set to visit Jamaica on January 21 to meet with CARICOM leaders.

It is understood that Venezuela and the Middle East will be the main issues that will be discussed at the meeting during the two-day 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 Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

It is believed that Holness and Tillerson discussed strengthening of security cooperation in order to effectively combat transnational organised crime; boosting economic partnership between both countries; exploring opportunities to broaden US/CARICOM engagement, energy security, the economic vulnerability of middle-income countries including climatic events, de-risking and correspondent banking; as well as Venezuela.

According to Holness then, the talks were reflections of a long and productive relationship and signalled the importance of the strong and vibrant partnership that exists between both countries.

Also, last year, five Caribbean leaders met with the USA President Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago Estate in the USA.

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