Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo visits Jamaica

Secretary of State Michael Pompeo meets with Prime Minister Holness and government officials during his visit to Jamaica

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo made an official visit to Jamaica on January 21-22, 2020.  His visit was marked by meetings with the island’s Prime Minister, The Most Honorable, Andrew Holness and Foreign Minister, the Honorable Kamina Johnson Smith.  He also led a multilateral roundtable discussion with Caribbean leaders and delivered remarks on the strength of U.S. Caribbean relations.

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo greets Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Senator Kamina Johnson Smith during his arrival at the Norman Manley International Airport. Looking on: US Ambassador Donald Tapia, Opposition Spokesman on Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Lisa Hanna and Perma

Under the theme Expanding America’s Commitment to the Caribbean, the Secretary outlined ties between the United States and the region in the areas of trade, economy and security.  He also used the opportunity to thank island nations for offering refuge to Venezuelans who have fled the tyranny of the Maduro regime.

Secretary of State Micheal Pompeo and Prime Minister Andrew Holness hold joint press briefing at Jamaica House

This visit marks Secretary Pompeo’s first trip as Secretary of State to the region.  He said “I believe that the United States and Caribbean nations do much more together, can do much more together, and importantly should do much more together. As the prime minister (Prime Minister Andrew Holness) notes, we’re natural allies and natural partners. Now is the time to move forward with even closer ties. There’s so much opportunity.”

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