WASHINGTON, United States, Wednesday March 20, 2019 – As the United States 'continues to press for Venezuela' s President Nicolas Maduro to step down from office, President Donald Trump will meet with leaders of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and a fifth regional leader, Maduro's latest term in office.
In a statement issued
yesterday, the White House said Trump would meet with the leaders of The
Bahamas, Haiti, Jamaica, St Lucia and the Dominican Republic at his Mar-a-Lago
resort in Florida.
It said the meeting with
the Caribbean leaders “will reaffirm our strong friendship with and commitment
to these countries, and the signal of the importance of the Caribbean to the
“The President will
discuss his vision for our various relationships in the Caribbean and the
potential opportunities for energy investment. The President looks forward to
working with countries in the region to strengthen our security cooperation
counter China's predatory economic practices, “it added.
The statement also
noted that Trump would use the meeting as an opportunity to thank these
countries for their support for peace and democracy in Venezuela.
The Bahamas, Haiti,
Jamaica, St Lucia and the Dominican Republic voted with 15 other Organization
of American States (OAS)
Nicolas Maduro's new term
which began on January 10 this year.
Guyana was the only
CARICOM nation voting in favor of the resolution
Meeting with Trump.
Dominica, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Suriname voted no. St Kitts and Nevis, Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados and Belize abstained, and Grenada was absent.
Purpose CARICOM leaders have reiterated a policy of non-interference in Venezuela's affairs, offering to mediate to help the South American nation resolve its own crisis
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