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US President Barack Obama will pay a one-day state visit to Jamaica on April 9, where he will meet with CARICOM Heads of Government in advance of the April 10-11 Summit of the Americas in Panama City.

The President’s visit was confirmed by Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller in an address to parliament on Tuesday.

A media statement later issued by Simpson-Miller’s office revealed that in addition to holding talks on Jamaica-US bilateral issues, the President will also meet with CARICOM Heads of Government to discuss broader regional cooperation issues.

The CARICOM encounter will be co-chaired by Simpson-Miller and Bahamian Prime Minister Perry Christie, who currently serves as CARICOM Chair.

This is the second high-level pivot from the Obama administration to Caribbean governments, following the Caribbean Energy Security Summit held in January 2015, which was chaired by US Vice-President Joe Biden.
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