Thursday, 16 May 2013 15:11
American Vice-President Joe Biden and his wife Dr. Jill Biden are scheduled to visit Trinidad and Tobago during the week of May 26 during an official visit to the region including stops in Brazil and Colombia. The White House release said in each country that the vice-president visits he'll meet with "key leaders" to discuss the full range of bilateral and regional issues.
Biden said he is looking forward to his visit to T&T and looking forward to meeting with Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar. He said he is also eager to meet with other Caribbean leaders, whom Persad-Bissessar has invited to travel to Port of Spain, to discuss inclusive economic growth, development, energy and security cooperation throughout the Caribbean basin.
St. Kitts and Nevis' Prime Minister, Dr. Denzil Douglas is expected to be among the regional leaders to meet with the vice-president.
The White House release said, "This trip will be an important chance to discuss our collective efforts to promote economic growth and development, access to energy and our ongoing collaboration on citizen security."
Prime Minister Persad-Bissessar said in a statement she welcomes the visit of Biden and his wife to Trinidad and Tobago. The prime minister confirmed that she had invited regional heads to discuss collective efforts to promote economic growth, energy interdependence and development in the region.
U.S. Chargé d'Affaires Thomas Smitham said Biden's visit is in recognition of the importance of the U.S. government's partnership with the Caribbean region. He said the U.S. anticipates "a warm and productive visit in Trinidad and Tobago with Prime Minister Persad-Bissessar and to engage in Port of Spain with other Caribbean leaders."
In keeping with the decision taken by the Caricom Conference in February in Haiti, Persad-Bissessar, who will assume the chairmanship of Caricom on July 1, also discussed the convening of a Caricom-U.S. Summit.
The visit is seen as part of "the continued strengthening of diplomatic relations between the United States and Trinidad and Tobago."