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.
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.
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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