Monday 20 May, 2019

President Trump to meet with five Caribbean leaders

President Donald Trump will meet with five Caribbean leaders on Friday to discuss China and Venezuela among other issues.

A release from the White House said the American President will meet with the leaders of The Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, and Saint Lucia.

The meeting will take place tomorrow, March 22 at Mar-a-Lago. 

"President Trump’s meeting with the Caribbean leaders will reaffirm our strong friendship with and commitment to these countries, and signal the importance of the Caribbean to the hemisphere.  The President will discuss his vision for our diverse relationships in the Caribbean and the potential opportunities for energy investment," the release said. 

The release said the President looks forward to working with countries in the region to strengthen our security cooperation and counter China’s predatory economic practices and will use this meeting as an opportunity to thank these countries for their support for peace and democracy in Venezuela.  

The five countries meeting with Trump, along with Guyana, voted for a resolution by the Organisation of American States (OAS), which denied the legitimacy of Maduro’s presidency and called for a new Presidential election which would be free and fair and attended by international observers. 

Dominica, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Suriname voted against while Trinidad and Tobago, St Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, and Belize abstained.

 

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