Biden to visit Trinidad

Joseph Biden.
Joseph Biden.

PORT OF SPAIN — US Vice-President Joseph Biden yesterday announced that he will visit Trinidad and Tobago during the week of May 26 as part of his travel in the region.

Biden also said he looks forward to meeting with Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar.

He also said he is eager to meet with other Caribbean leaders, whom Persad-Bissessar has invited to come to Port of Spain, to discuss inclusive economic growth, development, energy and security cooperation throughout the Caribbean basin.

A release from the White House, forwarded by the US Embassy in Port of Spain, stated that Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, will travel to Brazil, Colombia, and Trinidad and Tobago.

“In each country, the vice-president will meet with key leaders to discuss the full range of bilateral and regional issues.

“In Brazil, he looks forward to the opportunity to meet with President Rousseff and Vice-President Temer and discuss ways to deepen our economic and commercial partnership and further our engagement on the broad array of bilateral, regional, and global issues that connect our two countries.”

“In Colombia, the vice-president will meet with President Santos to build on security relations and focus on ways to further the prosperity of our two countries.

“In Trinidad and Tobago, the vice-president looks forward to meeting with Prime Minister Persad-Bissessar as well as leaders of other Caribbean countries, whom Prime Minister Persad-Bissessar has graciously offered to invite. 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,” the release said.

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.

US Charg√ d’Affaires Thomas Smitham said: “The visit of vice-president Biden is a recognition on the part of the US government of the importance of our partnership with the Caribbean region. We look forward to a warm and productive visit in Trinidad and Tobago with … Persad-Bissessar and to engagement in Port of Spain with other Caribbean leaders. This is an excellent opportunity to reflect on what we have accomplished together since President Obama’s visit in 2009 (for the Fifth Summit of the Americas), and look ahead to continued cooperation. And we know vice-president Biden will enjoy a very warm welcome from the people of T&T.” (Express)

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