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Pompeo arrives in Jamaica for round-table talks


Pompeo arrives in Jamaica for round-table talks

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KINGSTON – United States (US) Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, arrived in the island on Tuesday for a two-day working visit.  

His plane landed at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston at approximately 6:04 p.m. (7:04 p.m. Barbados time), where he was met by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith.

The welcome party also included Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Ambassador Marcia Gilbert Roberts; Opposition Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Lisa Hanna and United States Ambassador to Jamaica, Donald Tapia. 

On Wednesday, Pompeo will hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister Andrew Holness at Jamaica House and engage in round-table discussions with Caribbean officials at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.

The US Secretary of State is expected to deliver a policy speech on the Caribbean’s critical importance to the US, and the country’s renewed commitment to closer ties, based on shared values, interests and economic prosperity.

He departs the island later that day.

The visit will emphasise the deepening of United States relationships with the Caribbean. (JIS)