US Secretary of State to visit Jamaica next week

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to arrive in Jamaica on Tuesday, January 21.

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (Photo: nyt.com)

Reports are the Pompeo will be meeting with Prime Minister Andrew Holness and other leaders of the Caricom Community.

While no details of the visit have been provided, it is expected that growing tensions in the Middle East and issues related to regional trading partner, Venezuela, will be on the agenda.

Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness (Photo: Jamaica Information Service)

Pompeo’s predecessor, Rex Tillerson, visited the island approximately two years ago to meet with Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

At the time, issues related to strengthening security cooperation to fight transnational organised crime and boosting the island’s economic partnership with the North American nation took centerstage. Additionally, opportunities to widen the engagement with the wider CARICOM, energy security, the vulnerability of middle-income economies, climatic events and de-risking and correspondent banking issues were also discussed.

Issues related to Venezuela will be priority at the meeting.

The growing political, social and economic tensions in Venezuela also came up then.

Last year, Holness and several other Caribbean leaders met with US President Donald Trump at his Mar-a-Lago Estate in Florida.